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Newsline: Israel’s embassy in Egypt has been empty for five months

Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, Dr. David Govrin, and his diplomatic staff have been working from Jerusalem for the past five months, with the embassy in Cairo remaining empty due to the security situation in the country, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned. Last week, the Israeli diplomats received an official notice from the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Finance Department, informing them that the additional pay they receive for working abroad has been retroactively cancelled for the months they’ve spent working in Israel. The notice cites the reason for the cut: “This is an embassy that has been evacuated from the country in question.” In addition, work contracts for 30 local embassy employees—including secretaries, drivers and maintenance workers—have not been renewed, while the rental contract for the ambassador’s home in Cairo’s Maadi district hasn’t been renewed in four months. According to the Egyptian official, the ambassador and his diplomatic staff were supposed to return to Cairo several weeks ago, but “it appears that following the terror attacks in the Coptic churches, Israel went back on that decision, and we have no new information about the Israeli mission returning to Cairo.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4958371,00.html

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