Thursday, August 31

Armed Arabic-speaker threatens suicide at UK Embassy in Tel Aviv (UPDATE)

UPDATE at Haaretz:
Israel Police on Thursday night captured and disarmed a Palestinian man from the West Bank city of Ramallah, who had successfully infiltrated the British Embassy grounds in Tel Aviv, and threatened to shoot himself if Great Britain did not grant him political asylum.

The capture ended an hours-long standoff after the man managed to enter the embassy parking lot at around 3 P.M., and began yelling that he was holding a handgun and would shoot himself if he were not promised asylum.


Man enters British embassy with gun pointed at own head, threatens suicide unless he is granted asylum. Eye witness: Police have deployed all around the embassy, area is closed

Large police forces have been dispatched to the British embassy in Tel Aviv, where a man is threatening to commit suicide.

At around 2:45 p.m. embassy employees reported that an Arab-speaking man jumped over the embassy’s fence and entered the building with a gun pointed to his own head. Apparently the man is requesting asylum.

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And now back to our previously scheduled blog entry...

Hizballah's Rocket Campaign Against Northern Israel:
A Preliminary Report

From July 13 to August 13, the Israel Police reported 4,228 rocket1 impacts inside Israel from rockets fired by Hizballah.

No geographical area in the world has sustained such a large quantity of rocket strikes since the Iran-Iraq war in the early 1980s.

The rocket attacks on northern Israel were anticipated and were factored in to the decision to respond in force to Hizballah's July 12 attack.

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