September 10th, 2011
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Israel diplomats evacuated from Cairo

Israel's ambassador to Cairo Yitzhak Levanon Cairo: Israel’s ambassador Yitzhak Levanon and other diplomatic officers have been evacuated from Cairo. Israel Radio stated that the diplomats had safely landed in Israel. Israel’s consul for state affairs has been left behind to maintain its embassy.

Egyptian protesters had stormed the Israel embassy Cairo on Friday night. Even as attacks persisted Egyptian commando’s entered the building to escort six Israeli citizens to safety. The unrest began after Friday prayers, when thousands converged on Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand faster political reforms following the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

US President Barack Obama earlier called on Egypt and demanded that they “honour its international obligations” and protect the diplomats. US president assured the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that Washington was taking steps to resolve the situation.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, also spoke with Mohamed Kamel Amr, the Egyptian foreign minister, who cut short a trip to Poland as Essam Sharaf, the Egyptian prime minister, called a crisis cabinet meeting.

The incident was a blow to Israeli-Egyptian relations and a “serious violation of accepted diplomatic behavior”.”This could have been a real tragedy, we are thankful to all who helped resolve this matter. Over the last few hours there was a real concern for the lives of our people,” said a government official.





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