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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 December, 2003, 07:06 GMT
In pictures: Egyptian minister attacked
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon meets Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher
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The day started smoothly with formal diplomatic greetings for the Egyptian foreign minister.
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The foreign minister stopped to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third-holiest site.
Maher being attacked in the mosque
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But, once inside, Muslim extremists shouted at Maher and threw shoes and boots at him.
Egyptian security forces and Israeli police try to protect Maher
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As the violence became more frenzied, bodyguards surrounded Maher and carried him out.
Maher panics trying to breathe in the attack
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The minister complained he was unable to breathe as Palestinians fought past guards to attack him.
Maher faints
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An ambulance was called to treat Maher, who fainted.
Maher is helped into an ambulance
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The minister was treated on site for shortness of breath before being driven to hospital.

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