Tension rises with Jordan after embassy guard shoots two

Israel requested to have the officer rushed home, but Jordanian forces blockaded the embassy and are preventing Israeli embassy staff from leaving the premises while demanding to question the officer.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke last night with Israeli ambassador to Jordan Einat Schlein and with the security guard.

Palestinian Authority officials and members of the Islamic Waqf who administers the site objected to those security measures and promised "escalation" if Israel did not remove the metal detectors.

Two Jordanian nationals were killed and an Israeli security official was severely was wounded, the Israeli is said to be in unstable condition.

Israel says the measures are meant to prevent more attacks but Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the Muslim-administrated site and have launched mass protests.

A Jordanian security source named the first dead man as 17-year-old Mohammed Jawawdeh and the second as Bashar Hamarneh, a doctor who was in the residential quarter of the embassy at the time of the incident.

A Jordanian security official confirmed that a Jordanian had been killed and an Israeli wounded.

Sources said that the security guard has responded to the stabbing by shooting dead the workman dead.

The statement said the PSD launched an extensive investigation into the incident and informed the Public Prosecution in order to find out all details and circumstances in accordance with legal procedures followed in such cases.

On Friday, July 21, thousands of Jordanians protested in Amman against Israel over the installation of metal detectors outside a site sacred to both Muslims and Jews in East Jerusalem.

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

Israel and Jordan signed a peace deal in 1994, but the agreement remains deeply unpopular in the kingdom where many residents are of Palestinian origin.

In clashes with police in several areas of Jerusalem and occupied territories, three young Palestinians were killed.


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