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Israel fire chief 'ran brothel'

Israeli fire brigade
Mr Suissa was praised for long service in the Jerusalem fire department

The Israeli authorities have suspended the chief fire officer in Jerusalem over allegations that he attempted to operate a brothel in the city.

Moshe Suissa is facing a number of charges including employing firefighters to carry out private renovation work and receiving bribes.

Mr Suissa has been suspended until the end of January.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat paid tribute to the devotion and courage Mr Suissa has shown in 33 years of service.

"I have seen you command rescue operations during terror attacks," Mr Barkat wrote to Mr Suissa in a letter informing of him of the suspension decision.

"I intend to expedite the process to shorten the suffering caused you and the city on all possible levels."

The decision to suspend Mr Suissa was made after police recommended to the state prosecutor's office that he be charged with attempting to run a brothel.

Thousands of women have been trafficked to Israel in the past four years, according to a parliamentary commission of inquiry.

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