Israeli consulate in Marseille evacuated amid bomb fear

AFP , Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

After a bomb threat is announced by an anonymous caller in Marseille, the Israeli consulate is evacuated and a bomb disposal squad investigates the situation

Israel's consulate in the southern French port city of Marseille was evacuated on Tuesday after an anonymous caller made a bomb threat and a suspicious device was found in a van outside.

A source close to the security operation, said the call had been made to police, who deployed to the scene and found a Renault van with a pressure cooker and electric wiring visible inside.

A security cordon has been thrown up and a bomb disposal squad has begun to investigate the vehicle. The call was made at 8.20am (0620 GMT).

The bomb threat came as world leaders gathered in New York for a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly at which the Palestinian authority will seek recognition as a state despite Israeli opposition.

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