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Israeli embassy worker attacked in China amid Hamas' call for attack on Jews by global supporters

An Isreaeli embassy staff worker was attacked in China on Friday. The incident happened in the wake of a clarion call by Hamas' to all its supporters across the globe to attack

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An Israeli embassy member was attacked in China on Friday

Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, an Israeli employee of the Israeli embassy in Beijing was stabbed on the Beijing streets on Friday. The attack came in the wake of a clarion call by Hamas to all its supporters asking them to attack on Israelis and Jews.

"An Israeli employee of the Israeli embassy in Beijing was attacked today," a foreign ministry statement said, adding that the attack did not take place at the embassy compound.

"The employee is being treated at hospital and is in stable condition," a foreign ministry statement said in statement said. It also clarified that the attack did not take place at the embassy compound. "The motive for the assault is being looked into."

The attack on Israeli embassy staff worker in China received sharp responses from the USA. After the news, US ambassador to China Nicholas Burns said he was "shocked" by the attack, offering his "full support" to the Israeli embassy and community in China.

"We are shocked by today's attack on an Israeli diplomat in Beijing," Burns said in a post on the social media platform X, formerly Twitter, adding he had spoken with Israel's ambassador to China Irit Ben-Abba.

A video of the attack was geolocated by news agency AFP on social media. The video showed the location of an area around a kilometre and a half from the embassy. In the video a man could be seen brandishing a knife repeatedly stabbing another man, with blood visible on the pavement.

Later, the man with the blade can be seen leaving the site, weapon in hand.

'Day of Rage'" on Friday

The attack on an Israeli has come at a time when Hamas militants gave a clarion call to attack Israelis and Jews across the globe. 

Warning about such actions on the day, Israeli foreign ministry website warned that Hamas had called on "all of its supporters around the world to hold a 'Day of Rage'" on Friday to "attack Israelis and Jews".

Te ministry also warned of multiple protests in different countries on Friday. There are chances that these protests can turn violent. "It is reasonable to assume that there will be protest events in various countries that are liable to turn violent," the statement said.

Days ago, Hamas gunmen killed more than 1,200 people in Israel, mostly civilians, and took about 150 hostages in their surprise attack on Saturday.

In retaliation to the terror attack, Israel has been raining air and artillery strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip for six days, killing over 1,350 people.

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Published: 13 Oct 2023, 05:06 PM IST
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