Egypt recalled its ambassador in Algeria for "consultations"
CAIRO - Egypt Thursday recalled its ambassador in Algeria for "consultations" after attacks against supporters of its football team in Sudan, where the Pharaohs lost before Algeria in qualifying to the World Cup-2010.
- In a statement, the Foreign Ministry stated that it had recalled its ambassador in Algeria for "consultations".
The foreign Ministry also stated that it expressed to the ambassador of Algeria in Egypt, Abdelkader Hajar, the extreme indignation of Egypt against the aggressions of Algerian nationals against Egyptian nationals after the Algeria-Egypt match Wednesday night in Khartoum, won 1-0 by the "Greens".
M. Hajar had already been convened last week by the ministry after Algerian supporters attacked buildings of Egyptian companies in Algiers.
Egypt also expressed "outrage" after the Egyptian citizens living in Algeria had made reports on attacks and intimidation against them, the statement said.
Witnesses said the clashes took place on the night of Wednesday to Thursday in Khartoum between Algerian and Egyptian fans after the match.
Egyptian supporters said that buses plying between Omdurman, a suburb of Khartoum, and the airport were targeted by stone throwing.
A spokesman for police in Khartoum, Abdel Majid al-Tayeb, said that four people were slightly injured after the game.
In an interview on Egyptian state television, the Egyptian Minister of Health Hatem el-Gabali said for his part that 21 Egyptians were wounded in Sudan, saying they were "minor injuries".
Incidents have also occurred in Cairo on the sidelines of an earlier Egypt-Algeria match played on Saturday. The bus carrying the Algerian team upon arrival in Cairo three days ago had been attacked with stones and three players were injured.
The Sudanese authorities have called on their side the Egyptian ambassador Thursday to express their discontent after the broadcast by Egyptian media, of testimonies of Egyptian fans saying Sudanese police had not protected them against "attacks by Algerians".
Egyptian TV channels and Cairo dailies reported at least one death in these clashes, however, allegations denied by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"Rather than point out everything that Sudan has done for this game, host, hosting nearly 25,000 people and security," Egyptian media have disseminated "false" news, said the Spokesman of the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Osman Khalid Moawiya.
"What happened will have no negative impact on the special relationship between Sudan and Egypt, traditional allies, declared the Egyptian ambassador in Khartoum Afifi Abdel Wahab after convocation.Knowing that Egyptians were the first to start hostilities when they attacked the Algerian team in Cairo, injuring three players the attacked Algerian supporters at the end of the match won by their team.
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