Foreign Ministry denies Marseille consulate evacuated

After media reports bomb threat caused evacuation of Israel's consulate in French port city, Foreign Ministry says it was not aware of any alert.

September 20, 2011 13:17
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View of Marseilles from Notre Dame de la Gard

View of Marseilles from Notre Dame de la Gard 311. (photo credit: Melanie Lidman)

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denied reports a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Israeli consulate in the French port city of Marseille.

According to the Foreign Ministry, there was no evacuation of the building and they were not made aware of any bomb threat.

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French media and international news agencies reported Tuesday the Israeli Consulate in Marseille was temporarily evacuated after local police received an anonymous threat that there was a bomb near the building and sappers discovered a suspicious device in a van parked outside.

A bomb disposal squad who arrived on the scene found a fake bomb in the vehicle parked outside the consulate.

The mock bomb consisted of a pressure cooker with wires protruding, marked with radiation warning stickers, according to AFP. The alert was called off after sappers determined the device was harmless, an hour-and-a-half after the affair began, the report said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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