Friday, Nov 28, 2008
India has turned down an Israeli offer to send counterinsurgency officers to Mumbai, where a Jewish center was among the targets in attacks that claimed at least 130 lives, Israeli media said Friday.
“India politely rejected yesterday an Israeli offer for security advice in fighting terror, including dispatching special counterterror forces,” the Yediot Aharonot daily said.
Haaretz also reported that Defense Minister Ehud Barak had offered the aid in a conversation with the national security adviser to the Indian government, Mayankote Kelath Narayanan, Thursday.
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“It appears the Indian government is not interested in high profile security assistance from Israel,” the newspaper said.
The foreign ministry also insisted Israel didn’t send any commandos to Mumbai, where Indian commandos were seen Friday abseiling from a helicopter into Chabad House, one of around a dozen sites attacked by gunmen Wednesday night.
Media reports said six Israelis were believed to be among those held in Nariman House, including Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who run the Jewish prayer and study center that occupies part of the residential and commercial complex.
Another 20 or so Israelis were unaccounted for in the Indian commercial capital, foreign ministry officials said.
Israel’s Zaka rescue and recovery organization said it had sent two paramedics and another six volunteers to Mumbai.
This article was posted: Friday, November 28, 2008 at 4:59 am