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Gardaí on scene at Egyptian Embassy protest

Protesters demanding the release of the four Irish citizens held in Cairo have gathered outside the embassy in Ballsbridge.

Friends of the Halawa family gather at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin demanding the release of four Irish siblings
Friends of the Halawa family gather at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin demanding the release of four Irish siblings
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

GARDAÍ HAVE BEEN called to an attempted sit-in at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin.

About 20 protesters, believed to be members of the Egyptian community in Dublin, are outside the Clyde Road site, demanding the release of four Irish citizens detained in Cairo.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is believed to be making attempts to meet with the Halawa siblings, who were detained after Egyptian security forces stormed a mosque on Saturday.

An embassy spokesperson said that while there were protesters outside, the embassy had not been evacuated, as had been suggested earlier.

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