Turkey Arrests 5 for Attempted Break in at Israeli Consulate in Istanbul

Incident described as a protest against Israeli air strikes in Gaza and comes days after accord normalizing ties between two nations passes in Turkish parliament.

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Protesters burn an Israeli flag at protest outside Israeli consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. July 18, 2014.
Protesters burn an Israeli flag at protest outside Israeli consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. July 18, 2014. Credit: 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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