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DATE=2/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245638 TITLE=ISRAEL / KURD SHOOTING (L) BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=JERUSALEM CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: ISRAEL IS BOLSTERING SECURITY AT ITS OVERSEAS MISSIONS AFTER AN ATTACK BY KURDISH PROTESTERS (WEDNESDAY) ON ITS BERLIN CONSULATE. THREE KURDS WERE KILLED BY ISRAELI GUARDS. MEANWHILE, PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU HAS AGAIN SAID ISRAEL HAD NO ROLE IN TURKEY'S CAPTURE OF P-K-K LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN. MORE FROM CORRESPONDENT DAVID GOLLUST IN JERUSALEM. TEXT: MR. NETANYAHU HAS EXPRESSED REGRET OVER THE CASUALTIES IN BERLIN. BUT HE SAID THE BERLIN MISSION HAD BEEN BROKEN INTO BY MEMBERS OF A CLUB-AND-HAMMER-WIELDING CROWD, AND ISRAELI SECURITY GUARDS HAVE STANDING ORDERS TO USE FORCE, IF NECESSARY, TO PROTECT MISSIONS AND THEIR STAFF MEMBERS. HE SAID A WOMAN STAFF MEMBER OF THE CONSULATE HAD BEEN BRIEFLY TAKEN HOSTAGE AND ONE OF THE DEATHS OCCURRED WHEN A RIOTER TRIED TO STRIP A WEAPON FROM ONE OF THE GUARDS. ISRAELI DIPLOMATIC POSTS HAD BEEN BRACING FOR TROUBLE AFTER A GERMAN NEWSPAPER EARLIER THIS WEEK CARRIED A REPORT -- QUOTING WESTERN INTELLIGENCE SOURCES -- THAT ISRAEL'S MOSSAD SECURITY AGENCY HAD HELPED TURKISH AUTHORITIES TRACK DOWN P-K-K LEADER OCALAN. AT AN IMPROMPTU NEWS CONFERENCE, MR. NETANYAHU DENIED ISRAEL HAD HAD ANY ROLE IN EITHER LOCATING OR CAPTURING THE KURDISH LEADER. GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN MOSHE FOGEL SAID LATER THAT DENIAL APPLIES TO ALL AGENCIES AND ELEMENTS OF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT: /// FOGEL ACTUALITY /// I HAVE TO MAKE THIS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR BECAUSE I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF RUMORS THAT JUST HAVE NO BASIS IN FACT. ISRAEL, AND ALL THE ISRAELI AGENCIES INVOLVED, HAVE NO PART IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM IN HIS (OCALAN'S) CAPTURE, OR ANY THE ACTIONS LEADING TO HIS CAPTURE. /// END ACT /// ISRAEL HAS ESTABLISHED CLOSE DEFENSE AND SECURITY RELATIONS WITH TURKEY IN RECENT YEARS, AND THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE STAGED JOINT MILITARY EXERCISES. MR. NETANYAHU SAID BOTH COUNTRIES ARE FIGHTING TERRORISM. BUT HE SAID PEOPLE SHOULD NOT DRAW FROM THIS THAT THERE HAS BEEN COOPERATION ON THE OCALAN CASE, AND HE SUGGESTED PARTIES HOSTILE TO ISRAEL ARE EXPLOITING THE ISSUE. // REST OPT // ISRAELI IS BEEFING-UP SECURITY AT ITS OVERSEAS MISSIONS AND IS SENDING A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO JOIN GERMAN OFFICIALS IN INVESTIGATING THE BERLIN ATTACK. (SIGNED) NEB/DAG/PCF/RAE 17-Feb-99 11:31 AM EST (1631 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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