Turkish Embassy 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
A Palestinian man gained entry to the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday
evening, claimed he was armed and demanded safe passage to Ankara, before being
wounded by a gunshot apparently fired by embassy security staff.
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has been named as Nadim Injaz of Ramallah.
Police said he had been
involved in a similar incident at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv in
Injaz threatened to use a firearm and flammable liquids, according
to reports, before being shot in the leg and lightly wounded by embassy security
Police counter-terrorism forces and Magen David Adom paramedics
converged outside the building, but were not allowed entry by press time on
The Foreign Ministry attempted to coordinate assistance to the
Conflicting reports emerged about Injaz’s identity and
background following the incident. An associate of his told Israel Radio that
the suspect feared he was being pursued by Israeli and Palestinian intelligence
services because, he believed, he had information that could “bring down several
senior Palestinian Authority officials.”
Channel 2 first claimed Injaz
was a former collaborator with Israel from Ramallah whom the Shin Bet had
pressured to kill Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. Because he had refused to do
so, he claimed, the Shin Bet had been seeking his demise.
agency left him at a West Bank crossing point, but he refused to cross into
PA-controlled territory, fearing he would be killed, Channel 2 reported.
However, the media outlet later said the suspect’s claims were
Channel 2 played what it said was a recording of him
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 was threatening to blow up the embassy, claiming he had explosives
Sounding emotionally unstable, he denounced “the murderous
Jews,” the “murderous Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas],” and other
“corrupt” Palestinian leaders who he said were stealing money from the
He then urged Turkey to save him.
embassy on Tuesday evening, police spokeswoman Sigal Toledo said the man had
arrived at the embassy, passed a security check outside, and been admitted into
the building. Some time after that, a single shot was heard from
“As far as we know, he was shot in the leg.
At the moment,
the Turkish Embassy staff is refusing any sort of help,” Toledo
Over a dozen police vehicles and dozens of officers, including a
contingent of riot police, patrolled outside the embassy on Rehov Hayarkon.