Israeli overseas missions receive suspicious powder

Deputy foreign minister says white powder that arrived at European and US missions was flour and not anthrax.

January 24, 2012 09:34
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A number of overseas Israeli diplomatic missions had security scares Monday when they received envelopes containing a suspicious white powder, raising fears of an anthrax attack.

While the Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the matter, when asked about the scare in an interview with Army Radio Tuesday morning, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said the substance in question turned out to be flour and not anthrax.

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Envelopes arrived Monday at the Israeli embassies in the Hague, Brussels and London, as well as the consulates in New York, Boston and Houston, according to Israeli media reports. The only mission to be evacuated as a result of the suspicious envelopes was the consulate in Boston, according to the report.

An investigation into the trans-Atlantic incidents was ongoing, according to reports.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

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