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Jewish schools of Australia cancel lessons because of capture of hostages in Sidney

Jewish schools in Australia cancelled lessons, and Jewish institutions increased security measures in connection with the capture of hostages in a cafe in the center of Sidney

The CEO of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies Vic Alhadeff announced that the Jewish community was in a level of extreme alaert, and was closely following the development of events.

“Never before has it happened in Australia that over 30 people have been held hostage at gunpoint,” he said.

The Australian Jewish Community Security Group recommended a number of Jewish institutions to take necessary cautionary measures, and deployed additional resources for this.

An armed man, who is believed to be a member of an Islamist group, took over 30 people hostage in a financial and shopping district of Sydney and demanded to speak with the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot. Six hostages were released. According to unconfirmed information, the terrorist has set up four explosive devices in the cafe.

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