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UN Security Council Condemns Attack on Israeli Embassy in Athens

embassy1The United Nations Security Council on Saturday condemned the attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens and stressed the need for the perpetrators to be arrested.
The 15-member council unanimously “condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the Embassy of Israel in Athens, Greece, on December 12, involving dozens of shots fired at the Embassy building, and underlined the need to bring its perpetrators to justice.”
The council commended the Greek government for immediately starting investigations and pledging that the terrorists will be caught. The 15 members also reiterated that terrorism “constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security.”
The terrorist attack took place at 3:15 a.m. Friday when four men riding two motorcycles sprayed 54 bullets from two AK-47 rifles at the embassy building in Psychico, a northern Athens suburb.
The Greek Police counter-terrorism has run ballistic tests that show the two rifles are the same ones that shot at the residence of the German Ambassador in Greece on December 30, 2013. A group called People’s Fighters Group had claimed responsibility for the attack and two similar attacks in 2014. Police suspect that it is the same terrorist group.
“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the security council announcement said.
The Israeli government believes the attack is linked to the recent death of a Palestinian official in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Wednesday.
Public Order Minister Vasilis Kikilias said on Friday that the terrorist attack will not affect the good relations between Greece and Israel.

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