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Evacuation of Israel embassy in Dublin is false alarm

Police say embassy evacuation false alarm after suspicious device found on site

The evacuation of the Israeli embassy in Dublin on Tuesday after a suspicious device was found on the premises was a false alarm, police said.


The army's bomb-disposal team was called out to investigate and a police officer at the scene told Reuters that it was a false alarm after the team left the building.


Earlier, The Israeli embassy in Dublin was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious device was found on the premises, police said.


The army's bomb-disposal team was at the scene to investigate, a police spokesman said.


"A suspicious device was found and we were contacted. The building is being evacuated," the spokesman said.


The deputy Irish ambassador said that he spoke to colleagues in Dublin who told him that there was a false alarm. While a military force did in fact go into the building due to a suspicious package on the premises – which is why some of the embassy staff were evacuated – this was a false alarm and everything is ok.


Israel has recently boosted security at its embassies and other Israeli missions throughout the world in light of Iran and Hezbollah's increased efforts to target Israeli interests abroad to avenge the assassination of top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh and of four Iranian nuclear scientists. The hits were attributed to Israel.


It is estimated that the last attack carried out by Iran and the Hezbollah was in Burgas Bulgaria where five Israeli tourists and a local bus driver were killed when a terrorist exploded on a bus at the airport, the person who carried out the attack has not yet been identified.


Suspects were recently arrested in Cyprus and Kenya over suspicions they were planning attacks on Israeli targets.


Since the beginning of the year authorities have identified three Iranian attempts to carry out terror attacks against Israelis. In one case an explosive device intended for the Israeli embassy was discovered before it could be used.


An Iranian plot to carry out an attack on Thailand failed while an attack in New Delhi was successful when Tali Koren Yehoshua, wife of an Israeli embassy security official was injured when a device was attached to her car.


Shiri Hadar contributed to the report




פרסום ראשון: 08.21.12, 14:45
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