Turkey Arrests Five for Attempted Break in at Israeli Consulate in Istanbul

Turkish protestors set fire to Israel flag while they are shout slogans during a demonstration to denounce the Israeli military operations in Gaza on July 19, 2014 in front of the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul. Israel decided to pull some of its diplomatic staff out of Turkey in the wake …
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(AP) – Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have detained five people who tried to break into Israel’s consulate in Istanbul to protest Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military carried out a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip late Sunday, targeting Hamas positions in response to a Palestinian rocket attack that hit the border town of Sderot.

Anadolu Agency said the five entered a business center housing the consulate early Monday and were detained by police who were called to the scene. Security around the building was increased, Anadolu said.

The incident comes just days after Turkey’s parliament approved a reconciliation pact which was reached with Israel last month, ending a six-year rift and paving the way for the mutual re-appointment of ambassadors

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