State television said the envoy would not return "until there is an official apology"
An Israeli soldier moves a barrier at an army checkpoint on the borderpoint between Israel and Egypt, north of the Red Sea town of Eilat. Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Israel to protest the deaths of five policemen killed on the border during retaliatory attacks on Palestinian militants, state television said Saturday. © Menahem Kahana - AFP
State television said the envoy would not return
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Last updated: August 20, 2011

Egypt to withdraw envoy to Israel

Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Israel to protest the deaths of five policemen killed on the border during retaliatory attacks on Palestinian militants, state television said Saturday.

"Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Israel until there is an official apology," it said. Egypt's military chief of staff, Sami Enan, headed to the Sinai on Friday to probe the deaths of the policemen killed a day earlier.

Meanwhile three people were injured, two seriously, when rockets fired by militants in Gaza slammed into the coastal town of Ashdod in southern Israel early on Saturday, police said.

"One rocket hit a house, causing damage but no casualties," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. "The second fell on open ground, among sand dunes, where it wounded three people, Palestinians staying in Israel illegally, injuring two seriously and one moderatately," she said.

The rocket attacks came after a string of Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Friday killed seven Palestinians, a day after eight Israelis were killed by suspected Islamist militants near the Egyptian border.

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