Israeli Embassy in Amman: Two Jordanians killed and one Israeli wounded
- Author: Adam Floyd Jul 25, 2017,
Jul 25, 2017, 0:32
Jordanian police said after Sunday's shooting that they sealed off the embassy compound and deployed dozens of anti-terrorism forces. The second, Bashar Hamarneh, a doctor who was in the residential quarter of the embassy at the time of the incident died of his injuries after midnight in hospital.
The attacker reportedly entered the home of an embassy official on Sunday evening to replace the furniture when he saw the security guard and stabbed him.
Three people were initially wounded in the incident, the security agency said.
The event quickly turned into a charged, if discreet, showdown over diplomatic immunity, with Jordan demanding to question the Israeli security guard and barring him from leaving the country, according to local news reports.
The Foreign Ministry said the security officer has diplomatic immunity from "investigation and imprisonment", according to the Vienna Convention.More news: Mithali Raj becomes highest scorer in women's one-day internationals
Jordanians carry a model of the Dome of the Rock shrine in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound during a demonstration in Amman on July 21, 2017, to protest against new Israeli restrictive measures at the holy site.
Jordan is the official custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, through the Waqf organisation that administers the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex.
The guard opened fire, killing the teen, the media reports said. Israeli media said an emerging deal could see the guard freed in exchange for the removal of the metal detectors.
In September 2011, seven months after the popular uprising in Egypt, hundreds of protesters against Egypt's ruling generals, broke into the Israeli embassy in Cairo tearing down large sections of a security wall.
The newspaper Haaretz says that Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday in the Trump administration's first direct foray into the crisis.
Security cameras have now also been installed at a gateway leading to the site. The decision to keep the embassy closed Monday was made over the weekend, in light of the statements made by Turkish government officials over the tensions on Har HaBayis, the sources said.
President Abbas has suspended all contacts between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government on Friday in protest of the metal detectors. The mosque is Islam's third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.