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Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo

Three Egyptian policemen were killed during an Israeli operation along the country's border last week

Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Demonstrators wave Egyptian and Palestinian flags during a protest outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo on August 20, 2011. Egypt decided to recall its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths of policemen killed on the border, in the first diplomatic spat between the two nations since the fall of the Mubarak regime. (AFP/Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Egyptian demonstrators launch a firecracker towards the Israeli embassy in Cairo on August 20, 2011. Israeli aircraft struck militant outposts in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets back on Friday following deadly gun attacks along the desert border with Egypt that have raised tensions between Israel and the new rulers in Cairo (AFP/Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Egypt formally protested and demanded Israel investigate the deaths of its security men, who, it said, were killed when Israeli forces hunted for the gunmen behind Thursday's attacks. In all, more than 20 people have been killed. (AFP/Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Egypt's Foreign Ministry had called in the Israeli charge d'affaires, delivered a protest and demanded a joint investigation into the deaths (AFP/Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Palestinians at Gaza City Mosque attend the funeral of Doctor Monzer Qrakea and his son Islam, aged five, and brother Motaz Qrakea, who were all killed by a drone aircraft whilst riding a motorcycle through a main street in Gaza City on August 20, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Following Thursday's attacks along Israel's border with Egypt when Palestinian militants responded with rocket fire to Israel's earlier retaliatory airstrikes, Egypt said it will withdraw Yasser Reda, its ambassador to Israel, in response to the deaths of the five Egyptian security forces (Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Palestinians pray as they attend the funerals of six people including PRC secretary-general Kamal Al Neyrab who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on August 19, 2011 in Rafah, Gaza (Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
In anger at Israel's punishing raids in which at least 15 have been killed since Thursday, Hamas gunmen in Gaza said they were calling off a de-facto truce in force with Israel since 2009, paving the way for a further violent escalation (Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Palestinians pray as they attend the funerals of six people including PRC secretary-general Kamal Al Neyrab who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on August 19, 2011 in Rafah, Gaza (Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Palestinians survey the bomb damage after overnight Israeli airstrikes on August 19, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza (Getty Images)
Israel-Gaza attacks stoke diplomatic tension with Cairo
Palestinians carry a body on their shoulders as they attend the funerals of six people who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on August 19, 2011 in Rafah, Gaza (Getty Images)