Bomb Near Israel's Empty Cairo Embassy

The explosion targeted a police car. There were no injuries reported.

Gil Ronen ,

Aftermath of car bomb explosions in Damascus
Aftermath of car bomb explosions in Damascus

A bomb exploded near the building that houses the Israeli embassy in Cairo late on Tuesday, reported Al Ahram Online. There were no injuries reported.

The embassy has not been in use since September of 2011.

The improvised explosive device was planted on Al-Gamaa Bridge in front of the embassy, which is located on the third floor of an apartment building. Security sources said the explosion targeted a police car, rather than the embassy itself. Three cars were damaged in the blast.

In August of 2011, more than 2,000 angry Egyptians broke down barriers at the Israeli embassy in Cairo, burned Israeli flags and raised the Egyptian flag.

The provisional regime then in power in Egypt, following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, had condemned Israel for the deaths of Egyptian soldiers during an IDF operation against terrorists who staged a sophisticated multi-pronged attack north of Eilat. The riots at the Israeli embassy were also supposedly expressions of anger at Israel over these deaths.

Since the riots, the Embassy offices have remained vacant and the Israeli ambassador and his staff have been working from temporary locations, including hotel suites, until a new building is found.

Egypt has witnessed a series of terrorist attacks aimed at army and police personnel, since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.