Israeli Embassy in Cairo over the weekend
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Embassy raid: Egyptian military arrests 92 suspects

Over 100 people detained so far in connection to raid on Israeli Embassy. 'Egyptian authorities cannot ignore state of chaos in the country,' Jerusalem source says

The Egyptian military police on Sunday arrested 92 additional people suspected of involvement in the riots at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, bringing the number of detainees up to 111.


Senior political sources in Israel said that the weekend's events "were a test for the Higher Military Council in Egypt. They don’t want to confront the rioters, but they cannot ignore the chaos they created.


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"Reinstating the emergency laws are a sign that they know they must gain control over the chaos. Israel is maintaining the defense establishment's dialogue with Egypt on various levels, on recent events and on other security-related issues, like the situation in Sinai."


Israel, another source said "wants to reinstate the ambassador to Cairo as soon as possible, and once the security issues are resolve, he will return to Egypt."


Meanwhile, Egypt's al-Ahram weekly reported that two senior Israeli officials have arrived in Cairo on a special flight, following the weekend's embassy raid.


Airport sources refused to give any further details on the matter, saying only that the two were in Egypt to meet with local officials and assess the situation – and its possible solutions – following the raid.  


Attila Somfalvi contributed to this report


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