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Police Arrest Palestinian Who Stormed Turkish Embassy in Israel

A Palestinian man who broke into the Turkish embassy in Israel and demanded political asylum has been turned over to Israeli authorities.

Israeli foreign ministry officials describe the man as a former collaborator with the Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security agency.  They say he stormed the Turkish embassy late Tuesday and was attacked by security guards.

Witnesses say they heard shots.  The man appeared to be slightly wounded.

He is identified as Nadim Injaz, a Palestinian from the West Bank town of Ramallah.

An Israeli television station, Channel 2, says it received a telephone call from Injaz.  The station broadcast the interview in which the Injaz said he was armed with explosives and flammable liquids, and threatened to burn the building if he was not allowed to leave the country.

Injaz demanded political asylum in Turkey and protection from what he described as murderous Jews and Zionists.  He called on Turkey's leadership to help him, as a fellow Muslim.  He lashed out at Palestinian leaders, including President Mahmoud Abbas who, he said, should die.

Israeli police say Injaz recently finished a prison term for having stormed the British embassy in Tel Aviv several years ago.  Officials say Injaz expressed anger over what he claimed was Israel's failure to protect him after he collaborated with the country's security agents.  Israel's Shin Bet internal security service has not confirmed whether Injaz ever worked for the agency.

The storming of the Turkish embassy comes as relations are strained between Turkey and Israel, after Israeli commandos raided a Turkish flotilla that was trying to break Israel's embargo on the Gaza Strip in May.  Nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in the attack.   

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