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. Credit: AP
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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 , targeting Hamas positions in response to a .

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 , ending a and paving the way for the mutual re-appointment of ambassadors.

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