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Amman Embassy Shooting: Two Jordanians Dead, Israeli Injured

Amman Embassy Shooting: Two Jordanians Dead, Israeli Injured”

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a 16-year-old Jordanian who was killed after an altercation with a guard at the Israeli Embassy in the kingdom.

"I spoke twice overnight with Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Einat Shalin and with the security guard", Netanyahu said Monday afternoon, a day after the incident, during remarks to the media at the start of a meeting with visiting Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

The injured Israeli is "deputy director of security at the Israeli embassy and is still receiving treatment in hospital", the source added.

In an interview with CNN, Safadi noted that Jordan respected its obligations under worldwide law because the suspect enjoyed diplomatic immunity, a statement challenged by Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for global Peace.

Jordan is the custodian of the Muslim shrine and was involved in behind-the-scenes negotiations to end the latest escalation.

Netanyahu said the Security Cabinet would meet later Monday to discuss the issues. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received the guard warmly at his office and said he had acted "calmly".

The ministry said the incident began when two Jordanian workmen arrived at the residential building to replace furniture.

They said the Israeli security guard had fired on Jawawdah after the young man attacked him, but did not confirm Israel's account that he had used a screwdriver to stab the guard in what Israeli officials described as a "terrorist attack".

Jordanian riot police deployed Tuesday morning around the Israeli embassy in a western Amman residential neighborhood after activists posted online calls for an anti-Israel demonstration.

The Israeli guard was lightly hurt, the media reports said.

The guard's speedy return home and Netanyahu's praise of him further inflamed public opinion in Jordan where a 1994 peace treaty with Israel remains deeply unpopular.

On Friday, thousands of Jordanians marched in the streets of the capital Amman to protest against Israeli policies at the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Israeli-Jordanian tensions have escalated since Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City after two police guards were shot dead by gunmen there on July 14.

Muslims alleged Israel was expanding control at the site under the guise of security.

Many of Jordan's 7 million citizens are of Palestinian origin, they or their parents having been expelled or fled to Jordan in the fighting that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948. Jordan and Israel have close security ties, but frequently clash over Israeli policies at the Jerusalem shrine.



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