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Attacker holds hostages at Turkey embassy

08-18-2010 08:42 BJT

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A hostage taking at the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv ended with a Palestinian man being shot and wounded by security guards. The man was reportedly demanding to be given asylum in Turkey.

The man took two hostages and threatened to use explosives to blow up the embassy.

The two hostages, the consul and his wife, eventually escaped.

The attacker is identified as a West Bank Palestinian man. He was demanding asylum and wanted to be allowed to leave the country.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene but Turkish officials refused them entry to the embassy.

Assi Dvilinski, Spokesman, Medical Crew, said, "Immediately we sent all our ambulances and equipment according to our procedures. First team on the scene arrived, getting to the security guard, and got the information about probably one guy inside the embassy who got shot by the security guards inside the embassy, probably minor injury. Until now we haven't seen him, because they are not letting our team inside the embassy. We are waiting outside the embassy to get the patient."

Israeli police say the man has a criminal record for property and drug offences and had encountered financial and legal troubles.

He was reportedly released from an Israeli jail two weeks ago after completing a four-year sentence for breaking into the British embassy in 2006 to demand asylum.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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