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Israel concerned about safety of its nationals in Mumbai

india Updated: Nov 27, 2008 09:08 IST
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Israel is concerned over an unspecified number of its nationals missing in Mumbai, which was struck by coordinated terror attacks in a dozen areas, including Nariman House, a building owned by thereligious Jews' 'Chabad' movement.

Members of the Israeli consulate in Mumbai are conducting searches in city hospitals to look for injured or missing citizens, Israel Radio reported.

The 'Chabad' movement on its websiteexpressed concern over the welfare of its representativein Mumbai, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka Holtzberg, who could not be contacted since the attacks.

Its activists are "working closely with the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the US government" to locate the Holtzbergs and other missing persons in the Chabad House area, the website said.

Mumbai's Chabad House is said to be a popular stop for Israeli tourists wherethe Holtzbergs offer visitors a host of programmes, including providing kosher food.

At least 80 people, including Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, were killed when terrorists struck with impunity in Mumbai in coordinated multiple blasts and gunfire in a dozen areas across the city.

Besides the crowded CST railway station and five star hotels -- Oberoi and Taj-- firing was also reported at Colaba and Nariman Point among other areas.