Drama on bus filled with Israeli tourists in Ukraine

Local criminals boarded a bus filled with Israeli tourists because the driver owed them money. No one was injured in the incident and after a few hours, the bus continued to the airport.
Israelis in Uman (archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A tour bus filled with Israelis was “taken hostage” by a local mafia in Uman, Ukraine for a few hours. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that the criminals released the bus, which is now headed towards the local airport. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry is investigating the incident and trying to figure out how such a serious event occurred.

According to the initial details, it appears that the criminals claimed that the driver owed them money. At this moment, they boarded the bus and demanded the money.

The Israeli passengers feared that they had been taken hostage and only after a few hours, the incident came to an end.

A representative from the Israel Police and a representative from Israel’s counter-terrorism division arrived at the scene in order to deal with the situation. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry clarified that because of the fact that the tourists do not speak the local language, there was a misunderstanding. The ministry stated: “No one was kidnapped.”

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