Israeli Marseille consulate evacuated after bomb threat

Anonymous call to police says bomb located in van parked outside consulate in French city; sappers find fake device and call off alert.

September 20, 2011 12:59
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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 Israeli Consulate in Marseille, France was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after local police received an anonymous threat that their was a bomb near the building and sappers discovered a suspicious device in a van parked outside, AFP reported.

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.

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The alert was called off after sappers determined the device was harmless, an hour-and-a-half after the affair began.

The bomb scare came at a time of renewed tensions over the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, with an annual United Nations meeting under way this week where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to request full UN membership for a Palestinian state.

One of France's biggest cities, Marseille is a melting pot of immigration and suffers from high unemployment and crime rates.

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