Shots have been fired at Turkey's
embassy in Israel amid conflicting reports of a hostage situation at
Israel's foreign ministry has said that a Palestinian man has taken
hostages at the embassy, which has been sealed off by Israeli
But a Turkish foreign ministry source told Al Jazeera there were no
hostages being held and said that the attacker had been shot in the
leg by Turkish guards.
Turkish officials are reportedly refusing to allow Israeli police or
rescue workers to enter the embassy, which is technically Turkish
Israeli authorities have identified the attacker as Nadim Injaz, a
Palestinian from the West Bank. He is reported to have demanded
political asylum in Turkey.
Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland, reporting from Jerusalem, said that
circumstances inside the embassy were still unclear.
"The situation is still incredibly confused," she said. "It's still
going on at the moment."
She said that Israeli hostage negotiators were on the scene, but it
was unclear whether they were in contact with the attacker.
An Israeli Arab lawyer who spoke to the attacker by phone to try to
calm him down said he had held hostage the Turkish counsul-general
and his wife for some two hours.
They managed to escape after Turkish security officers shot and
wounded the man, who was armed with a gun and a knife while he
remained in the embassy where he barricaded himself in a room, the