Tel Aviv Embassy Standoff Ends

Palestinian shot and wounded, ending 7-hour siege
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2010 2:45 AM CDT
Tel Aviv Embassy Standoff Ends
Palestinian Nadim Injaz is taken by ambulance from the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Security guards shot and wounded a Palestinian man holding hostages inside the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv last night, ending a tense 7-hour standoff. The man, Nadim Injaz of Ramallah, was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Injaz said he wanted asylum in Turkey and protection from "the murdering Jews," reports the Telegraph. "If they don't let me leave this country now I will burn down the whole building," he told a local TV station.

Turkish authorities say Iniaz was armed with a knife, a can of gasoline, and a gun that turned out to be a toy. This isn't his first embassy-related exploit, the Jerusalem Post finds. In 2006, he broke into the British embassy and threatened to kill himself if he was not granted asylum in a European country. Injaz claims he used to work as an informant for Israeli intelligence and says he fears for his life in the West Bank. Israel denies the claim. Click here for the latest on Israel.
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