“When he went to the toilet, our security forces carried out an operation without harming the hostages,” Sedar Yavuz, the governor of Kocaeli province, told reporters.
He added that the hostage-taker has been detained.
A gunman protesting against the war in the Gaza Strip took a group of Turkish workers hostage at the P&G factory in the city of Gebze on Thursday.
The union representing the workers of this factory said that the man was holding seven people hostage, but had let the others escape.
Photos and videos shared online by one of the hostages showed a man with his face covered by a Palestinian scarf, holding a firearm and strapping a bomb vest to his chest.
He stood next to a drawing of the Palestinian flag and the words “the door will be opened to Gaza” written in red letters on a wall.
The police established contact with the attacker and tried to negotiate the release of the hostages.
Relatives of the hostages expressed confusion as to why the gunman would target workers in Turkey, which is strongly pro-Palestinian.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one of the Muslim world’s harshest critics of Israel over the high number of civilian casualties in the ongoing military campaign against the Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip.
Erdogan has called Israel a “terrorist state” and likened Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler, and accused the US of supporting “genocide” in the Gaza Strip.
In November, ahead of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to Ankara, hundreds of protesters stormed an air base used by US and British forces in southeastern Turkey.
There are also online campaigns in Turkey trying to organize boycotts of Coca-Cola, Starbucks and other American products.
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