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Two injured in shooting near Israeli embassy in Ankara

At least one person has been wounded in an attack outside the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

At least two people have been injured after shots were fired outside the Israel embassy in Ankara.

One man, thought to be an assailant, was shot in the leg by police after it was reported two people attempted to enter the embassy in the Turkish capital.

The injured man reportedly shouted "Allahu Akba" (God is great) before being shot.

No links have been found to so far to any organisation.

There was no information available about the other person, also a suspected attacker.

A local guard was also shot in the attack on Wednesday, but all embassy staff were unharmed according to an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman.

In a statement sent by text message, he said: "The staff is safe. The attacker was wounded before he reached the embassy.

"The assailant was shot and wounded by a local security man."

Another private broadcaster, NTV, also reported that one person had been "injured and neutralised" in the incident.


Turkey asks US to arrest exiled cleric over failed coup

President Erdogan (l) blames Fethullah Gulen (r) over the coup Credit: Reuters

Turkey has formally asked the US to arrest cleric Fethullah Gulen on charges of orchestrating July's failed coup.

More than 270 people were killed in an attempted overthrow of the government, led by some sections of the military.

In the following weeks, Turkish authorities detained tens of thousands of people suspected of being involved in the failed attempt.

Since the coup, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed self-imposed exile Gulen, 75, and members of his religious movement for orchestrating the coup - something he denies.

Turkey car bomb injures 48

The scene of the car bomb attack in Van. Credit: APTN

A car bomb targeting the provincial offices of Turkey's ruling party in the south-east of the country has injured 48 people, including two police officers.

There were no deaths in the explosion at a police checkpoint which rocked Van at around 10.50am local time on Monday, but two of the injured are reported to be in critical conditions.

The attack comes on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.

The offices of the AK Party did not suffer much damage in the blast and were well-secured.


Turkey welcomes Syria peace plan and promises aid

Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria two and half weeks ago Credit: Reuters

Turkey has welcomed the US-Russian deal on a nationwide truce in Syria,

A statement from the Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday said Ankara was preparing to provide humanitarian aid to the northern city of Aleppo, in conjunction with the UN.

Turkey, which launched its first major military incursion into Syria two and half weeks ago, said a cessation of fighting and the provision of aid around Aleppo was of particular importance.

Turkey said it would support efforts to ensure the truce holds and to turn the deal into a longer-term political solution.

Islamic State 'loses all territory along Turkey-Syria border'

Militants belonging to the so-called Islamic State group have lost all territory along the Turkey-Syria border, according to the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency.

Syrian civilians as Turkish tanks roll past near the border Credit: Reuters

In the latest action by Turkey in the conflict, rebels backed by their forces managed on Sunday to secure an area stretching from Azaz to Jarablus.

The move marks a significant advance for Ankara's operation, dubbed Euphrates Shield, which began on August 24.

It comes after several villages near the town of al-Rei - around a mile from the Turkish border - were taken back on Saturday.

Syrian rebels and Turkish forces 'seize villages from IS'

Syrian rebels backed by Turkish armed forces have seized several villages from the so-called Islamic State militant group, a rebel official has said.

Turkish tanks roll towards the border with Syria Credit: Reuters

The villages, near the town of al-Rei - around a mile from the Turkish border - were taken back as part of a major assault on Islamic State forces as Turkey takes an increasingly aggressive stance in the conflict.

Zakaria Malahifji, from the Aleppo-based Fastaqim rebel group told Reuters news agency that "about eight" villages were seized after fighting.

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