View of Montevideo, Uruguay .
(photo credit: ISRAELI EMBASSY IN MONTEVIDEO)
A fake bomb was discovered on Wednesday at the Montevideo World Trade Center building which houses the Israeli Embassy in Uruguay, but the device did not contain any explosive material, the Foreign Ministry confirmed.
Police found the device inside of a sardine can that contained wires, a battery and a switch. The ministry would not provide any additional details.
A similar device was discovered by police in November some 70 meters from the building. On that occasion, the embassy was evacuated as a matter of caution, and no injuries were reported. In December a senior Iranian diplomat was forced to leave Uruguay after he was suspected of involvement in the incident.
Police officials said after that incident that the device was apparently planted in order to “measure” police response times.
This bomb scare comes just days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez to thank him for his country’s recent support for Israel in various forums.
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that call came after Uruguay broke out of the bloc of countries that automatically vote against Israel and supported Israel in recent votes in international and regional bodies.
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.