Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic Jamel al-Jamal killed in Prague explosion while moving safe
The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic has died after an explosion at his apartment in Prague, police have said.
Jamel al-Jamal, a veteran of Palestinian diplomacy, was moving a safe around the flat in the city's northern Suchdol neighbourhood, having only recently moved in.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said no foul play was
suspected, noting that the safe had been left untouched for more
than 20 years.
The safe was recently moved from the old embassy building, but it had come from a building that used to house the Palestinian Liberation Organisation's offices in the 1980s.
Malki told The Associated Press news agency: "The ambassador wanted to know what is in the safe. He opened it and asked his wife to bring a paper and a pen to write down the contents of the safe. She left him to bring (the) pen and paper. During that time, she heard the sound of an explosion."
Al-Jamel, 56, was taken to hospital after the blast, which happened before midday on Wednesday. His wife, 52, who called embassy employees to seek help, was treated for shock at the hospital but released.
Police cordoned off part of the street and a half dozen police vehicles, firetrucks and two ambulances were there.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said it would send a delegation to Prague "to help with the investigation".
Prague rescue service spokeswoman Jirina Ernestova said al-Jamal was placed in a medically induced coma when he first arrived at Prague Military Hospital. Dr Daniel Langer, who works there, told public television that al-Jamal had suffered serious abdominal injuries, as well as injuries to his chest and head.
Al-Jamal was born in 1957, in Beirut's Sabra and
Shatilla refugee camp. His family is originally from Jaffa in what
is now Israel.
He joined Fatah in 1975 and was appointed deputy ambassador in Bulgaria in 1979.
Starting in 1984, he served as a diplomat in Prague, eventually as acting ambassador. From 2005-2013, he served as consul general in Alexandria, Egypt. In October 2013, he was appointed ambassador in Prague.
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
Cheryl Cole officially the 'most dangerous celebrity' on the internet
Ebola virus in the US: What are the symptoms, what is it and is there a cure?
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
- < Previous
- Next >
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: SThree Group have been well ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: Real Staffing Group is seeking Traine...
£120 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: We have an exciting opportunity...
Competitive: Randstad Education Manchester: SEN Teacher urgently required for ...