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Israel's Ambassador Returns to Cairo

Israel's ambassador to Egypt returned late Monday to Cairo after he took a private vacation during widespread tensions there.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 9/7/2011, 1:08 PM

Riot at Israeli embassy in Cairo
Riot at Israeli embassy in Cairo
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Israel's ambassador to Egypt, Yitzchak Levanon, has returned to Cairo from a private vacation following weeks of local violent protests held in front of the embassy.

Levanon was greeted upon his arrival at Cairo airport by a number of embassy staff members, according to a report published by the Kuwaiti daily newspaper, al-Jarida.

During his absence, former ambassador Shalom Cohen served as envoy.

Arab media reported over the weekend that private contractors are building a new security wall around the embassy to protect the facility from the increasing violence.

Last month rioters tore down the Israeli flag from the roof of the embassy and tried to storm the building during protests after days of attempts were stymied by police.

The flag was eventually returned to its place, just a day after senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood called on Egyptians to murder Levanon and all Israelis in Egypt. Egyptian media and politicians referred to the protester who climbed the wall and tore the flag down as a “hero.”