Firebomb thrown at Israeli embassy in Romania

A foreign citizen was detained in Bucharest, Romania, after allegedly attacking the entrance of the Israeli Embassy with a Molotov cocktail.

According to police, the incident was not linked to the war in Gaza but to personal reasons – the suspect of Syrian nationality was refused an Israeli visa, reports The Times of Israel.

While going through a security inspection in the embassy, the suspect pulled out a Molotov cocktail and threw it at a door leading into the lobby, causing a minor fire but no casualties. The suspect also tried to set himself on fire.

Before the Bucharest police arrived to the scene and detained him in Romania’s capital, he was apprehended by antiterrorism officers from the Romanian Intelligence Service.

While a police spokesperson explained that the man has attacked the embassy because he failed to “obtain a certain visa,” he noted that an investigation into the suspect’s motives is still underway.

The Israeli embassy confirmed the incident in an official statement, and thanked the Romanian security and police forces for their “swift and efficient response.”

Security has been increased at Israeli embassies around the world following the October 7 Hamas terror attack, and amid the subsequent war in Gaza.


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