Shots fired outside Israeli Embassy in Turkey; Suspicious man injured

A suspect armed with a knife tried to infiltrate the Israeli Embassy in Ankara while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” A security guard shot and neutralized him. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that none of the Israeli staff members were injured in the incident. The suspect was slightly injured in the leg and taken in for questioning.
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A suspicious man armed with a knife tried to infiltrate the Israeli Embassy in Ankara today (Wednesday) while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” He was shot by a local security guard. The suspect sustained minor injuries and was arrested. According to the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry, none of the Israeli staff members were injured in the incident, which is still being investigated.

At the moment, it is unclear whether the suspect intended to harm the Turkish security guards who make up the first line of security at the Israeli Embassy or the Israeli staff members. The assailant was identified as 38-year-old Osman Nuri Çalışkan. The Ankara Mayor said that Çalışkan “isn’t mentally stable” and has no connections to terrorist organizations. According to the local police department, Çalışkan said he carried out this act “in protest against the bloodshed in the Middle East.” In addition, it was reported that Çalışkan tried to enter the building several times before the incident occurred.

The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed the reports coming from Turkey and said that an attempted attack at the entrance of the Israeli Embassy in Ankara occurred. Çalışkan was shot before he reached the entrance by a local security guard.

Today’s incident comes after the Israeli National Security Council issued a warning against traveling to Turkey during the upcoming Jewish High Holiday season.

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