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Tel Aviv: Man attacks security guards at US embassy

The suspect is believed to have approached the embassy at 9am GMT with a knife and an axe.

Israelis stand near the scene where a man attacked a security guard at the U.S. embassy, seen in background, in Tel Aviv, Israel
Israelis stand near the scene where a man attacked a security guard at the U.S. embassy, seen in background, in Tel Aviv, Israel
Image: Oded Balilty/AP/Press Association Images

SECURITY GUARDS AT the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday fired shots at a man who attacked them with a knife and an axe, an Israeli police spokeswoman said, indicating the attacker had been apprehended.

“A suspect came to the US embassy at 11am (9am GMT) with a knife and an axe and attacked a security guard,” spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, saying the guard was injured in the leg, prompting his colleagues to open fire.

“Other security guards fired shots at him,” she said. “The attacker was not hurt,” Samri said, adding that the assailant, who had been arrested, was “not an Arab.”

She did not give further details on his identity but said he was from the town of Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv. Police said the incident occurred at the entrance to the embassy which is located on Yarkon Street, a block from the sea front.

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