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Newsline: Latvian forces simulate hostage-taking at Israeli embassy

Following similar drills in Ukraine and Romania, the Latvian special anti-terrorism police simulated the takeover of the Israeli embassy in Riga by terrorists. In the drill, the special unit acted to free hostages from the embassy’s consular section. Similar exercises have been carried out at the Israeli embassies in Ukraine and Romania. The drill simulated all of the potential stages of the imagined scenario: the taking hostage, the negotiation with the terrorists, breaking into the building and the sounds of explosions and gunfire. Israel’s ambassador to Latvia, Lironne Bar-Sadeh, commented, “Everybody was saved. The cooperation was really excellent.”



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