Policemen and members of the investigative team gather at the site of a bomb attack in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper
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Israel has opened its new Cairo embassy inside its ambassador's residence, saying on Thursday that holdups in finding separate premises as is customary had encumbered an already challenging relationship with Egypt.Egypt was the first of a handful of Arab countries to recognise Israel, with a U.S.-sponsored 1979 peace accord but Egyptian attitudes to their neighbor have often been hostile.The inauguration of the embassy on Wednesday went unreported by Egyptian media. Israel announced it in a statement that did not specify the mission's location. Few Egyptians visit Israel, so the Cairo embassy's visa workload is light.Egypt withdrew its ambassador from Israel in protest at the 2012 Gaza war, but in June announced it would send in a new envoy.
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