Saudi Arabia Closes Egyptian Embassy

    FILE - In this Tuesday, April 24, 2012 file photo, Egyptian protesters demonstrate in front of the Saudi Embassy in Cairo, Egypt to demand the release of an Egyptian human rights lawyer detained in Saudi Arabia for allegedly insulting the kingdom's monarch. Arabic on the banner read, "Egyptians will never be insulted, freedom for Ahmed el-Gezawi." Saudi Arabia said Saturday, April 28, 2012 that it has closed embassy in Cairo because of protests over a detained Egyptian. (AP Photo)

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    Saudi Arabia has decided to shutter its embassy in Cairo temporarily after days of protests by Egyptians against the detention of lawyer Ahmed el-Gizawy. The human-rights activist is being held in Saudi Arabia for allegedly smuggling anti-anxiety tablets into the country. The Muslim Brotherhood has come out in support of the protests, saying in a statement that the Egyptian protesters were “merely expressing the Egyptian people’s aspiration to preserve the dignity of their fellow citizens who visit, live, or work in Arab countries.” Ruler Hosni Mubarak was regularly criticized before being forced out of office for truckling to powerful Gulf nations at the expense of Egyptians abroad.

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