White House Press Center Evacuated

By Jennifer Parker

Jun 18, 2007 3:51pm

ABC News’ Ann Compton and Jon Garcia Report: Members of the White House Press Corps and others were evacuated from the White House’s temporary press center Monday in Washington, D.C.

The temporary press site is located about a block from the White House, which was not evacuated.

Members of the media have been working at the temporary press site for months while the regular briefing room, located in the West Wing of the White House, is undergoing renovations.

Officers escorting media personnel out of the White House conference center building said a police dog identified an Israeli minivan near the press center as a possible threat.

The blue mini-van was stopped during a search before crossing a security threshold on the street leading toward the White House.

Turns out it belongs to the Israeli embassy and some staffers were observed slinking guiltily back into the vehicle as the press was allowed to return to its workspace. 

The minivan was part of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s delegation, but not part of his motorcade. The Israeli Prime Minister arrives Monday for meetings with President Bush.

Olmert is staying at Blair House, which is located across the street from the White House, and around the corner from the temporary press center.

The entire fracas left the media locked out of their work spaces for over an hour-and-a-half.

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