Palestinian man attacks Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

A Palestinian man on Wednesday entered the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv, demanded asylum and then attempted to take staff members hostage using a knife and toy gun before being shot by embassy guards.

The assailant, Nadim Injaz, was taken to an Israeli hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. On his way out of the embassy, he displayed a "victory" sign with his hands and shouted profanities.

It was not the first time Injaz had pulled such a stunt. In 2006, he carried a plastic gun into the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, sparking an eight-hour standoff with police. In that incident, he also demanded asylum.

Police confirmed that Injaz has in the past acted as an informant for Israeli security forces in their battle against Palestinian terror groups. Injaz insists that if he is not allowed to live elsewhere, he will be murdered for being a "traitor." Many Palestinians are executed for aiding Israel's war on terror every year, most by the ruling Palestinian Authority in the "West Bank" or Hamas in Gaza.

While Israel cannot file legal charges against Injaz for what he did inside the Turkish Embassy, as it is technically the soil of a foreign nation, he has been arrested for being in Israel without a visa or permit.

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