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Shots at Turkey's Tel Aviv embassy
Reports of hostage situation as gunfire is heard at Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2010 19:12 GMT
Nadim Injaz is said to have demanded political asylum when he attacked the Turkish embassy [Reuters]

Shots have been fired at Turkey's embassy in Israel amid conflicting reports of a hostage situation at the scene.

Israel's foreign ministry has said that a Palestinian man has taken hostages at the embassy, which has been sealed off by Israeli security forces.

But a Turkish foreign ministry source told Al Jazeera there were no hostages being held and said that the attacker had been shot in the leg by Turkish guards. 

Turkish officials are reportedly refusing to allow Israeli police or rescue workers to enter the embassy, which is technically Turkish sovereign territory.

Israeli authorities have identified the attacker as Nadim Injaz, a Palestinian from the West Bank. He is reported to have attacked the embassy with a knife, a toy gun and a can of petrol, demanding political asylum in Turkey.

Al Jazeera's Nisreen el-Shamalyeh, reporting from Tel Aviv, said that it appeared the Turkish embassy was taking the lead in dealing with the attack.

"I think so far, the Turkish security are taking care of it," she said. "There is an Israeli police presence outside but it seems that the Turkish embassy are dealing with this."

An Israeli Arab lawyer who spoke to the attacker by phone to try to calm him down said he had held hostage the Turkish counsul-general and his wife for some two hours.

They managed to escape after Turkish security officers shot and wounded the man, who was armed with a gun and a knife while he remained in the embassy where he barricaded himself in a room, the lawyer said.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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