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Molotov cocktail thrown at Israeli embassy in Bucharest

The suspect, apparently of Syrian origin, was quickly apprehended.

The skyline of Bucharest, Romania, Nov. 24, 2020. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
The skyline of Bucharest, Romania, Nov. 24, 2020. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

A man threw a Molotov cocktail at the Israeli embassy in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Monday, the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said.

There were no injuries or damage from the attack and the 34-year-old suspect, apparently of Syrian origin, was immediately arrested.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the suspect approached the embassy and pulled out the firebomb, hurling it at the door leading into the lobby while he was undergoing a security inspection.

Israeli legations around the world have been on high alert since the Hamas-led invasion of Oct. 7.

Numerous incidents have been reported, most recently in Mexico City where on Tuesday pro-Hamas rioters set fire to the Israeli embassy during a protest ostensibly against the Israeli military operation in the southern Gazan city of Rafah.

Israel’s embassy in the Netherlands was firebombed in March and in January, an apparent explosive device was found near the Israeli embassy in Stockholm.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is behind the Swedish attack and other terrorist attacks carried out by criminal gangs targeting Israeli embassies throughout Europe since Oct. 7, the Mossad intelligence agency said last week.

Tehran-backed gangs are also thought to have carried out an attack on Israel’s mission in Brussels, in which two airsoft grenades were thrown.

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