Car explodes in Tel Aviv, police say ‘crime-related’

Updated 10 January 2013
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Car explodes in Tel Aviv, police say ‘crime-related’

JERUSALEM: A car exploded near the Israeli defense ministry in Tel Aviv yesterday, injuring several people, in what police said was a crime-related incident and not linked to militant groups.
“A car bomb exploded in Tel Aviv. Apparently it is a criminal incident, a settling of accounts,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
Israeli public radio said three people were injured in the explosion, none seriously.
It said the attack appeared to have targeted Nissim Halperon, head of one of Israel’s top organized crime families.
Halperon has already escaped seven attempted assassinations, including one six months ago in the Ramat Gan suburb of Tel Aviv.
He did not appear to have been in the car when the bomb exploded, public radio said.
Israeli organized crime gangs have been engaged in an often violent struggle in the past few years, prompting the police to create a special task force, Unit 443, dedicated to tackling the issue.
In recent years, around a dozen Israelis are believed to have been killed in violence related to fighting between the various crime families.


OPCW says experts have taken samples in Syria’s Douma

Updated 21 April 2018
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OPCW says experts have taken samples in Syria’s Douma

LA HAGUE: Inspectors from the global chemical arms watchdog Saturday took samples in the Syrian town of Douma after an alleged poison gas attack, the body said.
A fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited Douma “today to collect samples for analysis in connection with allegations of chemical weapons use on 7 April 2018. The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma,” the organization said in a statement.

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