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Sunday, February 21, 1999 Published at 10:55 GMT

World: Middle East

Israeli security guards 'cleared on shooting'

A report by the Israeli secret service has found that three security guards at Israel's consulate in Berlin were justified when they opened fire on Kurdish protesters last week.

Three demonstrators were killed and sixteen injured when a group stormed the consulate and attempted to take an Israeli woman hostage.

Israel sent a team to Berlin to investigate the shooting, but before it arrived there, the Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu declared that the guards had acted correctly in protecting the lives of Israeli citizens.

Israel has strongly denied that it was involved in the capture by Turkey of the Kurdish rebel leader, Abdullah Ocalan -- the event which triggered the protests.

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