PA Resident Seeks Asylum in Turkish Embassy

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TEL AVIV, Israel - An Arab resident of Ramallah was turned over to Israeli officials after briefly holding two hostages inside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv and threatening to burn the building down if he wasn't granted asylum.

Embassy personnel shot Nadim Injaz in the legs as he warned he was armed with a knife, a can of gasoline and a gun and would burn down the building if he weren't granted asylum.

Injaz cursed "the murderous Jews" and the "murderous Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] and flashed a victory sign as police escorted him to an ambulance for transport to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital.

"Our embassy guards neutralized the individual as he tried to take the vice consul as hostage after shouting around for asylum," an embassy statement read.

Police spokeswoman Sigal Toledo said Injaz gained entry into the embassy after passing a security check outside. 

A large contingency of Israeli security forces, including counter-terrorism and anti-riot police, and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the area after gunshots were heard from inside the building.

Turkish officials later said Injaz was seeking asylum from the Palestinian Authority for having worked at one time as an informant for Israel Police.

Embassy staff would not allow Israeli officials into the building, even after police asked the Foreign Ministry to intervene. The staff said they were awaiting orders from Ankara.

Police said Injaz had recently been released from serving time for a similar incident four years ago at the British Embassy, where he barricaded himself inside and threatened to kill himself if he weren't granted asylum. In both incidences, he was "armed" with a toy gun.

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