Shots near Israeli embassy in Athens: Police
Police in Greece early on Friday were investigating a strafing attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens in which nobody was injured, a police source said.
Athens: Police in Greece early on Friday were investigating a strafing attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens in which nobody was injured, a police source said.
The shots were apparently fired from a motorcycle with two persons passing in front of the embassy, which lies on the corner of a busy highway, the police said.
Another two persons on a second motorcycle are suspected of participating in the 3:20 am (0120 GMT) attack.
Early evidence suggests a Kalashnikov assault rifle was used, the police said.
Bullet casings collected from the scene are to be examined by Greece`s anti-terrorist squad for possible matches to other attacks, the police said.
The incident comes two days after a Palestinian official died following a confrontation with Israel soldiers in the West Bank.
There is strong condemnation in Greece of Israel`s policies in the West Bank and Gaza, with many protests held in support of the Palestinians.
Embassies and diplomatic vehicles in Greece have been targeted in attacks by far-left groups in recent years.
The residence of the German ambassador in Athens has been hit twice -- with two assault rifles in 2013 and a rocket in 1999. Nobody inside was hurt.
In 2007, another rocket was fired at the US embassy in Athens without injuring anyone.
All three attacks were claimed by far-left groups, two of which have since been dismantled by the police.
The group involved in the 2013 attack on the German residence, the People`s Fighter Group, is still at large.