August 30, 2011
Israeli flag again flies in Cairo
The Israeli flag is flying again over the country’s embassy in Cairo, more than a week after it was ripped down by demonstrators.
The flag was replaced on Monday, flying alongside an Egyptian flag that had been placed there in its absence, according to Ynet.
Egyptian protester Ahmad al-Shahat climbed up the side of the 22-story building last weekend to the cheers of anti-Israel demonstrators and ripped down the flag, two days after five Egyptian border guards were killed in fighting between Israeli troops and terrorists following a coordinated attack on civilian vehicles near Eilat.
Shahat, dubbed ‘Flagman,’ is reported to have been given a new home and a new job by an Egyptian provincial governor, according to reports in the Egyptian media.
Israeli officials have apologized for the accidental killing of the Egyptian troops, which Egypt has said is not enough.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman last week called on Egyptian leaders to replace the flag.