Around 2,000 protesters are rallying outside the Syrian Embassy in Cairo to demand authorities expel the country's ambassador because of Damascus' deadly crackdown on dissent.

The protesters marched Friday from a mosque near the epicenter of the Egyptian uprising in Tahrir Square to the nearby Syrian Embassy, chanting against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

Some of the demonstrators lifted their shoes and beat a picture of the Syrian ambassador.

Unlike several Gulf nations, Egypt has not downgraded its diplomatic relations with Syria, angering many Egyptians.

Friday's rally was the largest anti-Assad protest in Cairo since the Syrian uprising began 11 months ago. A few hundred protesters stormed the Syrian Embassy in Cairo last month.