Jerusalem: A man has taken 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.
The radio report said Turkish officials were not allowing
Israeli police or rescue workers to enter the embassy.
The Israeli Maariv newspaper said the man called the
paper, identifying himself as Nadim Injaz, a Palestinian who
sought asylum at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv in 2006. He
said he had a flammable liquid and threatened, "I will kill
any Jew that enters."
Lawyer Shafik Abuani told Israel Radio that he talked to
the man three times by telephone, trying to calm him down. The
lawyer said Injaz threatened to burn the embassy down if he is
not granted asylum.