Bee's note: The world is watching a horrific "stand off" in Nairobi, as a Somali-linked al Qaeda terrorist organization continues to hold hostages one day after the massacre that leaves 59 dead and approximately 179 wounded. Fox News reported from Jerusalem this morning that Israeli "advisers" are in Nairobi, as Israeli's news media (article-below) updates news of "negotiations" with the terrorists.
Translated from Hebrew:
British Guardian quoted two hostages in Nairobi mall, given that the bloody scene rescued by "an Israeli security." Earlier, AFP reported that Israeli forces take part in the negotiations with the terrorists instead
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"Israelis rescued us from the mall"
Courier Guardian "Nairobi, Guy Alexander, reports that attempts to validate previous reports, having two hostages reported Israeli security personnel at the mall, and they said Israeli forces are the ones that rescued them out of the mall, which killed, according to reports, at least 59 people . Also today reported AFP by Kenyan security source, and that Israeli forces stormed the local mall. "The Israelis entered the scene and rescued hostages and wounded," said the source, who declined to give his name. Report was not received any official confirmation or other source.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported from an Israeli security source that Israeli advisers are helping Kenyan forces in their negotiations in an attempt to end the siege of Nairobi mall, but stressed that "no Israeli onslaught operation involved close."
From hostage rescue operation?
"Unlikely such a thing happens, because we have no reason to be there, it reported far-fetched," source told News 2 Online retired Brigadier General Nitzan Nouriel, Chief of Staff to former counterterrorism. "I do not think there Israeli officials that work, they do not risk their lives for something that is not saving Israeli lives. "He said that operational cooperation but not such things. said that in his opinion it is not a private Israeli security company that works there.
President Shimon Peres today sent a letter of condolence to President Kenya following the terrorist attack and the State of Israel expressed deep shock and condolences to the families. "We understood them and we pray for the healing of injuries and her recovery of Kenya's brutal assault."
The death toll rose to 59
Clashes in Kenya
According to Interior Minister Nairobi government estimates that between 10 and 15 people carried out the attack and are different steps to ascertain their identity. He added that security forces instead control the security cameras in the mall and surrounding the building.
In the morning there were several rounds of shooting from the mall.The shooting, which lasted about 30 seconds, while the security forces was seized new positions around the building. According to reports from the area, soldiers were seen running line and kneel near the entrance to the mall, at the sounding of the shooting.
Held hostage rescue
"The number of hostages still unknown," reads a statement of the national emergency center of Kenya on Twitter, "but they are in some places." According to the announcement, there is no communication with the hostages and the upper floors of the shopping center secure.British Sky Network reports that five of the hostages were released.
Israel's deputy ambassador to Kenya, Vicky Lopez, said in a conversation this morning with news on the situation of two Israelis who were at the mall. "It was an easy one injured lower limbs, probably by shrapnel from a grenade. He was treated in hospital and is now staying in one of the apostles supervision. Excessive Most Israelis were treated for shock instead."
Lopez added that guidelines specific of city residents except maintain vigilance and avoid getting to crowded. "The event went on," stressed the deputy ambassador. "The kidnappers barricaded mall with a number of hostages."