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Egypt to withdraw envoy in Israel over shootings

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Egypt to withdraw envoy in Israel over shootings


Cross border tension is rising in the Middle East.

Amid anger over the killings of three Egyptian security personnel, Cairo is withdrawing its ambassador from Israel.

They died as Israeli troops pursued gunmen who had killed eight Israelis on a road running close to the Egyptian border on Thursday. Israel is investigating what happened.

Israel has carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, hitting militant outposts, as it targets those responsible for the series of attacks near Eilat.

Senior members of the Palestinian group it blames, the Popular Resistance Committees, have already been killed. The PRC is loyal to Hamas but sometimes operates separately. Hamas gunmen are calling off the truce with Israel held since 2009.

Palestinians have fired rockets back in response to two days of air attacks onto the Israeli city of Ashdod. One of the country’s newspapers says a rocket hit an industrial park on the outskirts of the city, injuring six people, with one person seriously wounded. Other rockets damaged a school and a synagogue.

Meanwhile, the funeral for a soldier killed in Thursday’s attack on the road near Eilat took place in Jerusalem. He was one of eight people who died when vehicles were targeted along the same highway.

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