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New Israeli ambassador arrives in Egypt

LAST UPDATED: 1:31 a.m. HST, Dec 12, 2011

CAIRO (AP) — Airport officials say Israel's new ambassador to Egypt has arrived in Cairo, three months after rioters ransacked the Israeli Embassy here.

Yaakov Amitai will join a small number of Israeli diplomatic staff still in the Egyptian capital.

His predecessor left after protesters in September tore down a security wall around the Israeli Embassy, then stormed and trashed its offices. The assault followed the killing of six Egyptian soldiers by Israeli troops who were pursuing Palestinian militants near the Egyptian border.

Cairo airport officials who confirmed Amitai's arrival Monday spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Despite tensions since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, Israel and Egypt seem eager to preserve their Mideast peace treaty.

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