Gunman hurt in Turkish embassy

Report: Palestinian threatened to blow up building.

August 17, 2010 20:32
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Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Turkish Embassy 311. (photo credit: Channel 10)


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A Palestinian man barricaded himself inside the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening, and was said to be armed and lightly wounded.

Earlier Tuesday, police had confirmed that Nadim Injaz removed all his clothes on Yarkon Street at the Turkish embassy after when he was shot by an "unknown individual," likely a security guard. A large police response converged outside the embassy building and Magen David Adom ambulances were rushed to the area.

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Channel 2 played what it said was a recording of Injaz telephoning its reporter earlier Tuesday from inside the Turkish Embassy, where he had gone to seek asylum. He said in the call that he had taken two people hostage and threatened to blow up the embassy, claiming he had explosives on his person.

Sounding emotionally unstable, he denounced "the murderous Jews," the "murderous Abu Mazen (Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas)," and other corrupt Palestinian leaders who he said were stealing money from the Palestinian people, and urged Turkey to save him. Police believe that Injaz is mentally ill and that he was shot in the legs and is not in critical condition, according to an Israel Radio report.

Further details about Injaz were made available by a lawyer he contacted on Tuesday, Israel Radio reported.

According to Injaz's lawyer, who has kept in contact with him by cellphone while he is in the embassy, the Palestinian man is armed with a pistol and a knife. He claims that he is being pursued by the Israeli and Palestinian intelligence services because he has information that could "bring down several senior Palestinian Authority officials."

The man has demanded safe passage to Ankara, Turkey, his lawyer said.

Tel Aviv police and ambulance crews have not been allowed to enter the embassy building to treat the man or determine what occurred during the shooting.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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