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Palestinians: Weapons found in Prague were legal

January 5, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian diplomat is denying that weapons discovered at the Palestinian Embassy complex in Prague, where a booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador, were illegal.

Following last Wednesday’s blast, Czech police said they found an unspecified cache of weapons. The explosion has led to a deterioration in ties between the Palestinians and the Czech Republic.

In a radio interview from Prague on Sunday, the deputy Palestinian foreign minister, Taysir Jaradat, said the weapons had been with the embassy for years, and had either been licensed or received as gifts. He said none were in use.

During the Cold War, the Palestine Liberation Organization had strong ties with eastern bloc countries.

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