Israel: Egypt embassy attack is 'blow' to ties

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Israeli official says the attack on his country's embassy in Egypt is a "grave violation" of diplomatic norms and a "blow to peaceful relations" between the two countries.

The official says all the embassy staff except the deputy ambassador left Egypt by Saturday morning.

Their departure followed a night of violence during which a mob broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo after tearing down a cement barrier around the building.

The Israeli official says six Israelis were trapped inside the embassy but that Egyptian commandos later stormed the building and evacuated them.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the matter's sensitivity.