Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Developing: Hostage Incident At Turkish Embassy In Tel Aviv

An unidentified man has taken hostages in the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. No word on the number of people still held, but there were apparently shots fired.
A man took hostages in the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday after shots were fired outside, Israeli police and a Foreign Ministry official said.

A newspaper identified the attacker as a Palestinian who tried to seek asylum at another embassy four years earlier.

"This is a hostage situation," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told The Associated Press.

A lawyer told Israel Radio that the hostages, the consul and his wife, escaped.

Israel Radio reported from the scene that rescue workers with stretchers tried to enter the seaside embassy compound but left without bringing out any wounded
It's believed that he wants free passage to Ankara and that he fears for his life because of what he claims to know about Palestinian Authority officials:
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."

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