UPDATE 1-Egypt recalls envoy in Israel over assault on Gaza

Reuters Middle East

* Egypt recalled envoy in 2011 after border killings

* About 100 people protest near Tahrir Square

CAIRO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Egypt recalled its ambassador from

Israel on Wednesday after Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip

killed Hamas's top military commander and at least six other

Palestinians, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said.

"President Mohamed Mursi has followed the Israeli brutal

assault in which a number of martyrs and sons of the Palestinian

people were killed," Yasser Ali said in a statement aired on


"On this basis he has recalled the Egyptian ambassador from

Israel; has ordered the Egyptian representative at the United

Nations to call for an emergency meeting at the Security Council

... and summoned the Israeli ambassador in Egypt in protest over

the assault," the statement added.

"On behalf of the Egyptian people the president gives his

condolences to the Palestinian people over their martyrs," Ali


Egypt has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv on previous

occasions, including August, 2011 when Israeli forces killed

five Egyptian security personnel along the border while pursing


Egypt also withdrew its envoy during Israel's 1982 invasion

of Lebanon and heavy Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip in 2000.

Egypt's new Islamist government has said it honoured the

1979 peace agreement with Israel, a ground-breaking event in

Middle East history, but analysts say growing anti-Israeli

sentiment in Egypt, stoked by the assault on Gaza, would

increase pressure from Islamists on Mursi.

Around 100 people protested near Tahrir Square in central

Cairo on Wednesday against the Israeli strikes in Gaza,

chanting: "From Tahrir to Palestine, it is one people not two."

Egypt's state news agency said Hamas leadership hailed

Mursi's decisions.

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