| GEO World|
| Protesters break into Egypt consulate in Yemen|
| Updated at: 1620 PST, Tuesday, December 30, 2008|
ADEN: Demonstrators in the Yemeni port city of Aden briefly broke into the Egyptian consulate on Tuesday in a protest against Cairo's response to Israel's offensive against Gaza, a security official said.
The protesters, mostly students from the university of Aden, "destroyed furniture before they were removed peacefully from the building," the official said.
He said one protester was wounded when a consular guard opened fire and that the protesters retaliated by setting fire to two consular vehicles.
More than 20 demonstrators were arrested, he added.
Witnesses said protesters burned the Egyptian and Israeli flags and raised a Palestinian flag on the building in the Khor Makssar neighbourhood. They said hundreds of people took part in the demonstration.
Protests have been held across the Middle East against the four-day-old Israeli air blitz on Gaza, which has killed at least 360 Palestinians and wounded 1,690.
In the absence of Israeli embassies in most Arab capitals, Egyptian diplomatic missions have been a particular focus of the demonstrations since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni for talks just two days before the onslaught began.
The Egyptian embassy in Beirut was attacked by stone-throwing demonstrators who had to be dispersed with tear gas. A protest was also staged outside Cairo's embassy in Amman.