BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) – An Israeli embassy worker in Beijing was attacked on Friday and hospitalized in stable condition, Israel’s foreign ministry said, and Chinese police said a suspect had been arrested.
The attack did not take place on the embassy grounds themselves, Israel’s foreign ministry said, which is just one embassy from the United States and in an area with a number of other embassies and a heavy police presence.
The suspect was a 53-year-old foreign worker who was involved in a small commodities business in Beijing, local police said in a statement, and an investigation was underway.
Unverified videos on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, showed a bloodied man lying on the pavement next to a car, telling passers-by he was from the Israeli embassy.
In the video, a police officer can be heard identifying himself as a member of the Xinyuanli Police Station, located in northeast Beijing, near the embassy district and a popular market frequented by foreigners for fresh produce.
Reporting by Yew Lun Tian, Joe Cash and Ethan Wang; edited by Kim Coghill, Christina Fincher and Mark Heinrich
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