(photo credit: Associated Press)
Ankara has called on Israeli officials to beef up security at its embassy in Tel
Aviv, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, a Palestinian man
made his way into the building and forced a standoff with embassy
Turkish diplomats said that the incident showed there is weak
security at the building and that the quick response of Embassy security
personnel, who shot Nadim Injaz in the leg, prevented a greater tragedy,
Istanbul-based paper Hurriyet
The newspaper reported that on
the same day the Turkish Embassy was raided in Tel Aviv, security
the Israeli Embassy in Ankara were downgraded and a set of barriers in
the building was removed. The decision was reportedly made following a
ruling in favor of a petition submitted by a Turk in 2006 who contended
security measures caused serious gridlock for commuters.
Turkish officials have presented different versions of what happened on
night and how Injaz entered the building. The Israel Police said he was
the building and Turkish officials contend that he broke in through a
Reporters from a Turkish television station filmed a
video at the embassy on Tuesday night showing a correspondent easily
a second-floor window by way of a low concrete wall, an area reportedly
covered by security cameras. One of the reporters said that some embassy
officials were in hot water with superiors in Turkey for allowing
the building to shoot a video that exposed security flaws.
diplomatic relationship between Israel and Turkey at one of its worst
ever, the incident seems to have taken on a life of its own online, with
talkbackers in Turkish Web forums and news sites saying that the
staged by Israeli authorities, possibly as a means of repairing
ties by showing a Palestinian attacking a Turkish state
Under said conspiracy theory, Israelis hoped that the image
of Turkish guards shooting a Palestinian man would cause Turks to
support for the Palestinians.