Israeli ambassador leaves Egypt
Israel's ambassador to Egypt left Cairo on Saturday, after three Egyptians were killed during an attempt to storm the Israeli embassy, according to state Egyptian television, - reported DPA
Ambassador Yitzhak Levanon and his family and embassy staff left for Israel aboard a private plane.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had recalled Levanon for urgent consultations after Egyptian protesters stormed part of the Israeli embassy late Friday.
Three civilians were killed and a total of 1,049 injured, including 46 police and military soldiers, during the attack on the embassy, the Health Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
Earlier Saturday, clashes erupted anew between Egyptian police and about 150 demonstrators near the embassy, with protesters throwing stones and empty bottles at the police, Egyptian television said.
Egyptian police have been put on maximum alert following the clashes, state television quoted an official source at the Interior Ministry as saying.
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was to hold a crisis meeting with his government on Saturday amid rumours that Sharaf may offer to resign over his government's handling of the situation, the semi-official newspaper Al Ahram reported online.
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama called on the Egyptian government to "honour its international obligations to safeguard the security of the Israeli embassy," the White House said in a statement.
Obama spoke with the Israeli prime minister on Friday and expressed "great concern" about the situation at the Cairo embassy.
"The president reviewed the steps that the US is taking at all levels to help resolve the situation without further violence," added the statement.