An Israeli Embassy clerk, Zadok Ophir, was shot down by machinegun fire as he sat in a Brussels cafe early last night (Sunday).
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SV Prince's Restaurant (2 shots)
CU Bullet holes in woodwork. (2 shots)
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SV EXT Palestine Liberation Organisation Office and armed policemen walking past. (3 shots)
GV EXT. Israeli Embassy and armed policemen outside. (3 shots)
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Background: An Israeli Embassy clerk, Zadok Ophir, was shot down by machinegun fire as he sat in a Brussels cafe early last night (Sunday). The ambush, believed to be by Arab guerrillas, took place in the Prince's Tavern in the bustling Place de Brouckere, in the centre of the Belgian Capital, shortly after 8 p.m.
The Israeli official, who had been on duty at the Embassy during yesterday's Jewish New Year holiday, received a telephone call from a man giving the Arab name of Mohamed Ahmed Rabbah, who said that he had information about planned Arab attacks on the Israeli Embassy. The caller refused to go to the Embassy and asked Mr. Ophir to meet him at the cafe. There, seated in an alcove at the rear of the room, he was gunned down by a burst of small machinegun fire.
There was some confusion as to the exact details of the attack. The cafe Manager said two men had been involved, police later said they were only looking for one - and they knew his name. The attacker (or attackers) disappeared in the crowd as Mr. Ophir staggered out of the alcove covered in blond and collapsed.
Forty-two-year-old Ophir, who was hit in the ear and the liver, underwent an emergency operation and his condition late tonight was described as "satisfactory", but, although out of danger, police had not yet been able to question him more than twenty-four hours after the shooting.