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Embassy attacker remains in custody

A Tel Aviv court has approved the detention of a Palestinian who broke into the Turkish Embassy in Israel armed with a knife and a gasoline can, tried to take hostages and demanded political asylum.

Turkish officials at the embassy allowed Israeli police and medics to remove the attacker, Nadim Injaz, after a seven-hour standoff on Tuesday.

The Israeli Courts Administration said that the Tel Aviv court had approved holding Injaz in jail for a week to allow police to investigate.

Under Israeli practice, a suspect can be held in jail while police look into his case, and charges are filed afterward if warranted.

Police said Injaz, a Palestinian from the West Bank, carried out a similar attack on the British Embassy in 2006, also demanding asylum.

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