Egyptian demonstrators climb up the Israeli embassy building in Cairo
Egyptian demonstrators climb up the Israeli embassy building in Cairo and throw the Israeli flag from its top, September 2011. Israel's new ambassador to Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, is to take up his post in Cairo on Monday, three months after an attack on the mission, a foreign ministry source said. © Mohamed Hossam - AFP/File
Egyptian demonstrators climb up the Israeli embassy building in Cairo
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Last updated: December 10, 2011

Israeli ambassador to take up Cairo post Monday

Israel's new ambassador to Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, is to take up his post in Cairo on Monday, three months after an attack on the mission, a foreign ministry source said.

The source, declining to be named, said Amitai, replacing Yitzhak Levanon who has completed his term as ambassador to Egypt, would present his credentials at a later date.

On September 9, protesters attacked the Israeli embassy headquarters in a residential building in the centre of the Egyptian capital, forcing the evacuation of all embassy staff.

Crowds smashed through an external security wall, tossed embassy papers from balconies and tore down the Israeli flag.

It was the worst incident since Israel set up its mission in Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state in 1979.

In September, officials from the Israeli embassy in Cairo made a short trip to Egypt to assess damage at the mission headquarters. Sources said the trip had been made to find a new location for the embassy.

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