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DATE=2/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245644 TITLE=BERLIN KURDS SHOOTING (L UPDATE) BYLINE=JONATHAN BRAUDE DATELINE=BERLIN CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THREE KURDISH DEMONSTRATORS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN BERLIN, AS THEY AND OTHERS TRIED TO STORM THE ISRAELI CONSULATE (WEDNESDAY). JONATHAN BRAUDE REPORTS BERLIN POLICE SAY ALL DEMONSTRATORS HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING AND THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL. TEXT: REPORTS SAY THE MEN WERE SHOT BY ISRAELI GUARDS AS THEY TRIED TO STORM THE CONSULATE. THIS HAS NEITHER BEEN CONFIRMED NOR DENIED IN BERLIN, BUT IN ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAID THE SHOOTING OCCURRED WHEN DOZENS OF KURDS TRIED TO ENTER THE BUILDING USING HAMMERS AND CLUBS. BERLIN POLICE ARE PROVIDING NO INFORMATION AT THIS STAGE AS TO HOW THE PROTESTERS MANAGED TO GET PAST THEIR OWN GUARDS POSTED OUTSIDE THE BUILDING. ONE REPORT SAID THE FIRST MAN WAS SHOT AFTER HE TRIED TO GRAB THE WEAPON OFF AN ISRAELI GUARD. THE KURDS, WHO HAD EARLIER TAKEN A HOSTAGE IN THE CONSULATE, BUT LATER RELEASED HER, WERE PROTESTING ALLEGED ISRAELI INVOLVEMENT IN THE ARREST OF ABDULLAH OCALAN, THE LEADER OF THE P-K-K, THE KURDISTAN WORKERS PARTY. ISRAEL HAS DENIED ANY ROLE IN MR. OCALAN'S CAPTURE IN NAIROBI OR HIS TRANSFER TO TURKEY. BUT A KURDISH SPOKESMAN WAS QUOTED BY GERMAN RADIO AS SAYING THE DEMONSTRATION WAS IN ANGER OVER NEWS TURKISH PRIME MINISTER BULENT ECEVIT HAD THANKED ISRAELI AUTHORITIES AFTER THE ARREST. // REST OPT // WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED, MANY OF THE DEMONSTRATORS QUICKLY DISPERSED INTO THE SURROUNDING STREETS. BUT AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE WERE INJURED, INCLUDING SOME POLICE OFFICERS, ACCORDING TO INITIAL REPORTS. OTHER KURDS HAVE ALSO TAKEN OVER A BUILDING BELONGING TO GERMANY'S RULING SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN HAMBURG, HOLDING A HOSTAGE AND CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. (SIGNED) NEB/JB/PCF/RAE/JO 17-Feb-99 1:08 PM EST (1808 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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