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April 19, 2003

Palestinians protect Turkish Embassy in Baghdad

You never know where these Palestinians will turn up.
Palestinians are protecting the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad, Anatolia news agency reported.

Suheyb Hasan, who has been working at the embassy for ten years, their relatives and friends are protecting the embassy 24 hours a day.

Hasan only wants to become a Turkish citizen together with his family in return for his service.

Hasan also armed houses surrounding the embassy against thieves and looters and he supplies electricity to the entire neighborhood using the embassy's generator.

Some 40 people who settled in the embassy building are protecting it 24 hours a day. Hasan said five of these people used to work at the Embassy and three of them were his brothers and the rest were his relatives.

"We need 300-400 bullets a day. We obtain these bullets from a very dangerous region, Saddam City. There were many attacks in the first days of the war. We do not allow anybody to approach the embassy building. We only fire warning shots when somebody approaches," Hasan said.

Ankara - Turkish Daily News