Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Two killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Two killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan

The incident comes after thousands of Jordanian held an anti-Israeli protest in Amman.

A security source in Amman said the first Jordanian, 17-year-old Mohammed Jawawdeh, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

An Israeli embassy security guard has shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver and a second Jordanian has also died, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.

Interviewed on Army Radio, Gilad Erdan, Israel's public security minister, said Israel may do away with metal-detector checks for all Muslims entering the al Aqsa compounds under alternative arrangements under review.

However the MFA says that as a diplomat, the official is immune from "investigation or imprisonment" under worldwide law.

Tensions have been high since Israel set up new measures after Arab gunmen earlier this month opened fire from the site, killing two Israeli policemen.

Palestinians view the tougher security measures as Israel asserting further control over the site.

It has always been a flashpoint of anti-Israeli protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

Netanyahu's government faced growing domestic criticism in recent days, with some commentators saying it made hasty decisions affecting the most volatile spot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The father of the teen assailant reportedly told a Jordanian television station that he does not believe his son meant to attack an Israeli.

At noon, "a senior military official" was en route to Amman to help solve the diplomatic crisis, reports said.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry statement said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, had spoken to the security guard and to ambassador Einat Schlein and stressed that the guard had immunity from questioning and prosecution.

At Jordan's request, the Arab League will convene on Wednesday in Cairo to discuss the situation.

The incident came at a time of heightened tension in the region over a Jerusalem holy site. They were captured shortly after the attack.

Jordan, which occupied eastern Jerusalem from 1949 to 1967, is the custodian of the Islamic waqf, which administers the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount site.

Israel lifted a gag order Monday imposed the night before.

Around half of Jordan's seven million citizens are of Palestinian origin.

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