Israeli flag again flying in Cairo


JERUSALEM (JTA) — 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 Monday and is 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," reportedly was 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.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman last week had called on Egyptian leaders to replace the flag.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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