Buenos Aires experienced tension on Wednesday as both the Israeli and US embassies received bomb threats, according to police sources.
The threat against the Israeli embassy was communicated via email to the diplomatic mission. In response, a significant police operation was launched around the Israeli embassy, located in the city’s historic center near the Casa Rosada, the presidential residence. By midday, the police presence had diminished, and normal traffic resumed in the area.
Regarding the US embassy, situated in the upscale Palermo neighborhood, an official dismissed the threat as “not credible.” “We are continuing our operations as usual,” the official stated, acknowledging only a slight delay for people waiting outside, especially those entering for visa-related matters.
It’s worth noting that the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires was targeted in a bomb attack in 1992 at its former location in the Retiro neighborhood, resulting in 29 fatalities and over 200 injuries. Two years later, there was another attack on the headquarters of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, claiming 85 lives and injuring around 300 people. The recent threats evoke memories of these tragic events, underscoring the need for heightened security measures at diplomatic facilities in the city.