At an emergency meeting of the Egyptian cabinet held on Friday 19th August 2011, the government resolved to withdraw the Egyptian Ambassador to Israel.
The decision follows an attack on a bus in Israel on Thursday 18th August by gunmen purported to be from the Gaza Strip. Israel responded with air strike on Gaza and strong rhetoric blaming the border controls of the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The Egyptian government has responded furiously to the accusations and claimed that five people were killed and another five injured within Egypt at the border line as a result of the clashes on Israeli territory. Whether those deaths were a result of stray bullets or direct fire is unclear.
The meeting of the Prime Minister, Dr. Essam Sharaf with the Vice Prime Minister Dr. Ali Al-Selmi and other ministers and heads of security called for Israel to bear in mind that border security is “a mutual responsibility” and asked for a full investigation into the deaths on Egyptian territory.