Jordanian man killed and Israeli wounded at embassy in Amman

Jordanian man killed and Israeli wounded at embassy in Amman

One man was killed and another two were wounded by gunfire Sunday in a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Jordan's capital, the kingdom's Public Security Directorate said.

The security officer was stabbed yesterday (23 July 2017) by a Jordanian worker who had entered the Israel Embassy compound for routine furniture replacement.

On Friday, thousands of people took to the streets in Amman to protest against Israel's installation of metal detectors at a site sacred which is also holy to Jews.

The incident comes against a background of tension over the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

According to the Israeli media, the security guard acted in self-defense after being attacked with a screwdriver by a 17-year-old Jordanian, opened fire and killed the attacker.

The wording of a "terrorist" being "neutralized" after "lightly injuring" is that used in much of Israeli media coverage of a spate of copy-cat incidents in the West Bank since 2015 in which (mostly very young) Palestinians have attempted to stab soldiers only to be shot dead. Muslims across the world have demanded that the devices be removed, and the Palestinian Authority said it was cutting off all contacts with Israel because of the new measures.




Israel Radio said the ban had been imposed because Jordan wanted to question the security guard but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity.

Jordan, which oversees the holy Islamic and Christian sites in East Jerusalem including Al-Aqsa Mosque, was the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1994.

As reported earlier by JOL, it was released for publication that Shin Bet Chief Nadav Argaman was the senior level Israeli security official sent to Jordan in an attempt to end the diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and defense officials are working on various channels vis-a-vis the Jordanian government.

The metal detectors remained in place on Sunday, though cameras had also been mounted near at least one entrance to the compound in Jerusalem's Old City.

Muslim leaders alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security, a claim Israel has denied.

The UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks today about the spiralling violence after Egypt, France and Sweden sought a meeting to "urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported".

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