Israeli envoy to Ethiopia found shot

The Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia has been found shot in the head in his apartment in what appeared to be a suicide attempt.

    The ambassador's term in Addis Ababa was due to end this week

    Israeli Foreign Ministry officials said on Wednesday that ambassador Doron Grossman suffered a shot to the head at his home in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.

    A ministry statement said senior officials had been sent to investigate the shooting, and efforts were being made to bring Grossman back to Israel for medical treatment.

    "Apparently we are not speaking about a terrorist incident," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said. "A professional team ... is heading to Ethiopia to check the circumstances of the event."

    An official in Addis Ababa with detailed knowledge about the
    incident, who asked not to be named, said embassy staff
    went to the ambassador's residence in a hotel apartment
    after he did not show up for work on Wednesday morning.

    He was found inside with a bullet wound to the head, but still
    alive.

    Suicide attempt?

    "He shot himself in the head in his room in the Hilton where he stays," the source said on condition of anonymity. "It wasn't an assassination. We think he tried to commit suicide."

    About 35,000 Ethiopians have
    immigrated to Israel to date

    "He is in a very bad state," the source added.

    Grossman's term in Ethiopia was due to end this week and
    he was expected to become the next ambassador to South
    Africa, the official added.

    He was described as single and in his 50s.

    Bombings, assassinations and kidnappings against Israeli embassies and diplomats were frequent in the 1970s and '80s, but fell sharply during the '90s.
     
    A bombing attack on Israel's embassy in Uzbekistan last year, in which two Uzbek security guards were killed, raised fears that attacks could shift to Israel missions abroad as security was tightened at home.

    About 35,000 Ethiopian Jews have immigrated to Israel over the last 20 years. 

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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