Gunmen opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Mauritania early on Friday, wounding at least three people, although no embassy staff were hurt in the shooting, said the Israeli ambassador in Nouakchott, Boaz Bismuth. Witnesses said the attackers, who numbered at least three, shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) as they exchanged fire with guards at the fortified embassy. The attack followed recent public calls by political parties in Mauritania, an Islamic republic, for the government to sever diplomatic ties with Israel.
Mauritania, which is a member of the Arab League, is one of three Muslim nations with diplomatic ties to Israel. Formal relations with the Jewish State were established in 1999.