Report: Secret Israeli chemical tests kill 4, wound 25
Israel, Military, 8/21/1998
Tests carried out by an Israeli secret laboratory recently killed four persons and other 25 have been reported wounded in Neis Zayouna district near Tel Aviv, an Israeli daily reported.
The Israeli daily Maariv said on Wednesday that the incident at this laboratory, considered the basis of the Israeli program for biological and chemical weapons, was about to force the Israeli authorities to evacuate the population of Neis Zayouna area estimated are 25,000 unless the laboratory experts claims that risks have been eliminated.
The paper quoted a report published by the "Foreign Report" bulletin to be published today that "four fatal incidents took place in the said laboratory during the past years. No fixed dates were given." The report added that the laboratory also includes other branch laboratories known as "B 3," where strong poisons are made.
Israel flatly denied the report. "No person has ever been killed in a work accident at the Biological Institute since its inception 45 years ago," Prime Minister Netanyahu's media advisor stated today.
Activities carried out in the laboratories are under the control of the Israeli authorities as it provides services to the Israeli Defense Ministry.
Since 1982 Israel has detained Marcus Klingburg (80) a former director of the laboratory on charges of disclosing information he knew about the laboratory to the former Soviet Union.
Two members of the Israeli intelligence "Mossad" had used a poisoned material produced by the laboratory in the failed attempt which claimed the life of chairman of the political bureau of Hamas Khaled Mishaal while he was in Jordan last year.
News reports from Neis Zayouna said the Israeli authorities are now embarking on a study to expand biological laboratories in the area.
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