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October 26, 2020

Israeli PM says Egypt peace stands despite embassy riot

JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will stick to its peace treaty with Egypt despite the attack on its embassy in Cairo, the BBC informs. He was speaking after protesters stormed the Israeli embassy on Friday, prompting the evacuation of nearly all Israeli diplomatic staff. Egypt is on alert after the attack, in which three people died as security forces fought rioters in Cairo. Cairo says those involved in the attack will be tried in an emergency court. Reports on Egyptian State TV said Prime Minister Essam Sharaf had offered to step down but his resignation was rejected by the country’s military leader, Field Marshal Mohamad Hussain Tantawi. According to CNN, Egypt’s military leaders promised to re-establish order and reactivated the country’s emergency law.  Saturday, streets in Cairo looked like a war zone as violence intensified between security forces and protesters. Gunfire pierced the air as rocks, burning tires and fires from Molotov cocktails littered the streets.

Washington urges Israel, Turkey to ease tensions

At a press briefing Friday, US State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States is urging Israel and Turkey to “cool it,” and refrain from talk or action that could add to tensions, The Voice of America reported.

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