Sterilizing US Embassy workers
Fire truck near US Embassy, Tuesday
Photo: Yoav Zitun

Threatening letter, white powder sent to US Embassy in Tel Aviv

Envelopes containing letter, white powder sent to American, Swedish, Spanish embassies. Some employees placed in isolation

An envelope containing a threatening letter and suspicious white powder was found Tuesday afternoon at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.


Similar envelopes were sent to the Swedish and Spanish embassies in the city.


Hazardous material specialists at US Embassy, Tuesday (Photo: Yoav Zitun) 


A hazardous material expert said the powder had spilled onto the female employee, but she did not feel any irritation or burning sensation. The powder was sent to the Environmental Protection Ministry for further examination.


Letter sent to US Embassy


"At this point we have no indication as to whether or not the material is hazardous," he said.


Firefighters set up a portable shower at the site to sterilize the female employee who opened the envelope, as well as another worker. The two were then placed in isolation.


Fire and Rescue Services officials said the letter contained threats against the State of Israel and its government.


According to Israel Police, similar envelopes arrived at the Swedish and Spanish embassies. Upon opening them, employees found white powder.


Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police are trying to find who sent the envelopes and determine whether the incidents were connected. 


About a month ago, FBI agents were alerted to the Israeli Embassy in Washington to examine envelopes containing a suspicious substance, which turned out to be flour.


AP contributed to the report  



פרסום ראשון: 09.14.10, 16:37
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