Turkish embassy in Israel receives white powder envelope

Officials have reported that a suspicious envelope containing white powder was sent to the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv on Monday.

Similar envelopes were sent last week to the American, Spanish and Swedish embassies, News24.com reports. It was later determined powder was not a dangerous or toxic substance.

Turkish embassy police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told News24.com that there were no reports of anyone being hurt or injured.

“A suspicious envelope arrived at the Turkish embassy, police were informed immediately and the contents are being examined,” Rosenfeld told News24.com.

Rosenfeld did not specify whether the latest white powder even was related to the events last week. He also did not say if police had any suspects in any of the cases. Although the powder was deemed to be harmless, it will be sent away for further analysis, Rosenfeld told News24.com.

Anti-Turkish sentiment has been on the rise in Israel and ties have deteriorated between the two countries after the Islamist government in Ankara launched criticism of the Jewish state over the deadly 22 day offensive on Gaza that ended in January 2009. This was further aggravated when Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists during a May 31 raid.

Letters containing a white powder have been considered a potential deadly threat since five people were killed in the U.S. when anthrax spores were mailed to news media offices and U.S. senators in the weeks following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.