In a possible sequel to the recent Dubai assassination, Israeli spy planes flew “uninvited and unannounced” over Budapest the same day a Syrian man was shot to death in his car in the Hungarian capital, the New York Post reports March 19. Two Israeli air force Gulfstream V-type jets flew more than 1,300 miles over Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania on March 17 before flying over Budapest and then disappearing, Hungarian media reports said.
The incident occurred the same day Budapest police said a 52-year-old Syrian was gunned down while stopping his black luxury car at a traffic light on the east side of the capital. The attacker fired several shots before stealing a black briefcase from the car and fleeing on foot, authorities said. Police have yet to identify the victim or give a motive.
Hungary‘s Defense Minister Imre Szekeres demanded an investigation of the overflights, which the ministry said were made without prior notification from Israel. The Israeli Embassy in Budapest said the planes were on a diplomatic mission, but did not elaborate. “Of course, they were not spy planes,” said Ambassador Alice Bin-Noun.