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Brother of Al-Qaeda chief at Cairo anti-France demo

A protester sits in front of Egyptian security guards during a protest against the French operation in Mali outside the French embassy in Cairo January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

CAIRO: The brother of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri joined dozens of Egyptian Islamists in a protest Friday near the French embassy in Cairo against French intervention in Mali.

Mohammed al-Zawahiri took part in the demonstration during which protesters accused Paris of being "at war against Islam".

Some protesters held up signs reading "Stop the war in Mali" while others chanted slogans against French President Francois Hollande: "Horrible Hollande. The blood of Muslims is not cheap."

Riot police deployed around the embassy and kept the protesters at bay.

French forces are engaged in battles alongside the Malian army to stop the advances of Islamist rebels who have controlled northern Mali since April and have since pushed south into government-held territory.

 

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