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Protesters try to storm Semiramis hotel, smash iron facades

Protesters try to storm Semiramis hotel, smash iron facades | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Protesters smashed the iron facade of the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel on the Corniche al-Nil during clashes with security forces in Cairo Thursday evening, and attempted to break into hotel.

The protesters also threw Molotov cocktails at the hotel, but the staff put out the fire from the inside.

Security forces advanced toward the hotel and fired tear gas canisters and birdshot, wounding some and forcing the rest to retreat. They also arrested 20 protesters.

Ambulance took some of the wounded to Qasr al-Aini Hospital, while others were treated in the Tahrir Square field hospital.

Security forces in civilian clothes had earlier clashed with masked protesters who broke into shops on the corniche and stole artifacts.

The Semiramis had previously closed down temporarily after assailants broke into following similar clashes.



Security forces arrested 20 protesters in the early hours of Thursday morning near the Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo hotel downtown.

Security forces deployed police wearing civilian clothes among the demonstrators after a group of masked men attacked stores along the Corniche al-Nil and stole some ancient statues.

Uneasy calm prevailed in the morning in the area around the corniche, Qasr al-Nil Bridge and Simon Bolivar Square by the US Embassy, as well as the Semiramis and Shepheard hotels, after another night of clashes between security forces and hundreds of protesters.

At about dawn, protesters returned to the Tahrir Square area.


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Cairo hotel comes under attack as Egypt unrest continues

Cairo hotel comes under attack as Egypt unrest continues | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil rushed to visit a five-star hotel nearTahrir Squareto assuage a panic-stricken hospitality industry after an attack by armed assailants shook the staff and prompted guests to rush out of the chaos-hit area.


The Semiramis Intercontinental in centralCairocame under attack overnight when masked assailants forced their way inside, ransacked and looted the lobby even as anti government protesters were clashing with security forces outside.


The hotel sent panic SOS calls on its Twitter account, seeking help, after which local civilians and groups of protesters came to its aid and held the trouble makers.


Reports in the local Al Ahram and Egyptian Independent said the incident prompted many visitors to check out of the hotel.

"EMERGENCY! WE ARE UNDER ATTACK! SEVERAL THUGS HAVE ENTERED THE SEMIRAMIS! SEND HELP," hotel employees pleaded via the official hotel account on Twitter.

"SOS If anyone knows anyone in #Military #Police #Government, please send help! Thugs in Lobby," they said.


Local civilians and batches of anti-government protesters came to the aid of the panic-stricken staff and guests and held the assailants before handing them over to police.

Egypt-actus's insight:

The inside of the hotel reception was left gutted, broken glass and rocks were strewn across the floor and outside the main gates, said a report in Al Ahram.

An executive at the hotel was quoted as telling reporters that more than 45 clients insisted on leaving despite the hotel's offer to relocate them to higher floors. He said guests at other neighbouring hotels also followed suit.

He also demanded compensation from the Ministry of Tourism for the losses sustained by hotels over the past few days, and warned that tourists would take home negative reports about the country.

Ever sinceEgyptobserved the second anniversary of its uprising on January 25, clashes have been witnessed inCairoand several other provinces. Unrest intensified after a court inPort Saidsentenced 21 football fans to death for their role in a post match violence.


The demonstrations have turned into protests against President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling regime.

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