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Two killed at RT's Middle East office building in Tel Aviv

By Claire Cromie

Published 19/11/2015

Two people have been killed and another wounded in an attack on a building that houses RT's local bureau in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Journalists were trapped for some time inside the Middle East bureau of the Russian television network, originally called Russia Today.

Earlier an RT staff member told the Belfast Telegraph: "Our office building in Tel Aviv have been under attack by at least one person with a knife.

"Two people are reported killed at this stage and one injured.

"Our journalists are trapped inside and we’ve had no reports as to whether they’ve got out or not."

Australian journalist Paula Slier later said all RT staff members are safe and the suspect had been "captured", with slight injuries.

However police believe a second attacker could be on the loose.

"Two people are confirmed dead…the first person is a 30 year-old who was praying in a makeshift synagogue. An eyewitness told us they noticed the man fall over, and within seconds they tried to close the door shut. It is unclear if the second person was injured in the same location, but this is what happened,” said Slier.

"The suspect is a 38-year-old man who comes from Hebron. We do not have information about whether he had papers to be in Israel."

RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said: "So far we are not inclined to link this particular attack to the work of our channel.

"But we must note that RT staff have been receiving threats recently, due to our coverage of events in Syria."

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