Israel’s ambassador to Egypt and senior staff have been evacuated home after protesters broke into a building containing the country’s embassy in Cairo on Friday night, adding further strain to already tense relations between the neighbours.
A plane carrying Yitzhak Levanon, the ambassador, and others landed in Israel on Saturday, Israel Radio reported, as an Israeli diplomat condemned the attack as a “serious violation” of diplomatic behaviour.
Israel’s consul for state affairs was left behind to maintain its embassy, as Israel weighed its formal response to the attack by dozens of protesters on the building that houses its diplomatic mission.
The AFP news agency reported that Egyptian commandos had entered the embassy building to escort six Israeli citizens to safety.
Israeli public radio said the six rescued men were security officers.
Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister’s office said they had returned home safe. “When the violence got out of hand, some 80 (Israelis) were taken out” of Egypt, an Israeli official said. “All our people are safe and sound.”