Minister of information annouces decision to recall Egypt's ambassador from Israel

Ahram Online, Saturday 20 Aug 2011

Cabinet decision to recall Egypt's ambassador from Israel aired on national TV amidst conflicting reports

Israeli embassy
Thousands rallied in front of the Israeli embassy last night

Egypt's state tv announced following a cabinet meeting today Saturday cabinet decision read out by Egypt's information minister Osama Heikal to recall Egypt's ambassador from Israel.

The decision came in the wake of the ‎escalated tensions between the countries.

Earlier today, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that Egypt had decided to recall its ambassador from Israel to protest ‎the deaths of five Egyptian policemen killed on the Israel-Egypt border during retaliatory attacks on ‎Palestinian resistance forces. ‎

However, other sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Al-Ahram’s Arabic-language portal, said an “unintentional ‎mistake” was behind the “rumour.” The cabinet's decision was aired on Egypt's national TV.

More than two thousand Egyptians gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo Friday ‎night to protest against the killing of five Egyptian soldiers in Israeli border attacks.‎

A few hundred sat-in at the embassy’s headquarter until the next day, requesting the ‎ouster of the Israeli ambassador from Egypt.‎

For its part, the Egyptian administration demanded in a strongly-worded statement an ‎official apology from Israel for the unfortunate incident, whom is currently investigating the incidents.‎

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