ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Thousands protest against Israel in Egypt after call from Sissi

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Egyptian protesters shout anti-Israeli slogans during a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinians, in front of the Journalists Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, October 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian protesters shout anti-Israeli slogans during a demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinians, in front of the Journalists Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, October 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Thousands protest in Cairo after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi urges Egyptians to take to the streets in solidarity with the Palestinians during the Israel-Hamas war.

Sissi blamed Israel for the Gaza hospital blast, despite growing evidence that an errant rocket fired by a terror group was responsible.

The stance is somewhat uncharacteristic for Sissi, who has been more aligned with Israel in recent years than other Arab leaders. However, there is a presidential election coming up in Egypt and the increasingly authoritarian Sissi ostensibly recognizes that a more pro-Palestinian stance will help him in the polls.

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