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Demonstrators in Egypt, Iran Protest Israeli Offensive in Lebanon


Thousands of people gathered Friday inside Egypt's most important mosque to protest the Israeli offensive in Lebanon.

Demonstrators at Cairo's al-Azhar mosque chanted slogans in support of the Hezbollah militia following prayers. The crowd also criticized the Egyptian government for its refusal to express support for Hezbollah.

There were no reports of violence during the Cairo protest. However protesters in Iran Friday threw bricks and explosives at the British Embassy in Tehran, damaging the building.

Iranian demonstrators accused the British government of being an accomplice in Israel's fight against Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, several Arab foreign ministers say they will hold an emergency meeting in Beirut Monday to express solidarity with Lebanon. The ministers last met in Cairo in July to call for a cease-fire in Lebanon.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.