Czech Officials Urge Palestinians to Explain Weapons at Embassy

The Czech Foreign Ministry wants the Palestinians to explain “clearly” why unregistered weapons were found at their Prague embassy following the explosion of the safe that killed the ambassador last week.

The Czech Republic considers the presence of the weapons to be a “severe” violation of the Vienna Convention about diplomatic relations, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. Czechs will respond “adequately” after the investigation is closed, including an inspection of the weapons.

The Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jamal al-Jamal, died from injuries he sustained after a safe exploded in his new Prague residence on Jan. 1.

Police said they haven’t found indications that the blast was the result of a terrorist act and suggested it was caused by an explosive device installed to prevent an unauthorized opening.

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