Two killed in deadly shooting at Israel embassy in Amman, Jordan

Demonstrators march in Downtown Amman to protest against Israeli measures in occupied Jerusalem on Friday
Demonstrators march in Downtown Amman to protest against Israeli measures in occupied Jerusalem on Friday
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25 July, 2017

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and security authorities are working with the Jordanian government over various channels", the Israeli foreign ministry said.

The fortress-like embassy in the affluent Rabae district of Amman is protected by Jordanian gendarmes.

According to the Vienna Convention of 1961, the Israeli foreign ministry said, the security man has immunity from investigation and arrest.

No further details were provided.

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.

The scene after the attack at the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan.

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Protests have since broken out in the holy site, with dozens of Muslim worshippers refused to enter the Mosque and prayed outside, considering the security checks a "violation" of the third holiest place for Muslims.

A US official said that President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, was due in Israel on Monday and was likely to attempt some mediation in the crisis. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has strongly attacked Israel and called on it to cease its actions on the Temple Mount.

The occupied Palestinian territories have witnessed new tensions ever since Israeli forces introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds in August 2015.

An Israeli guard has shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver next to the Israeli embassy in Jordan, Israeli officials say.

Ministers were being asked to consider the installation of sophisticated, high-resolution cameras and increased police deployments as a replacement for the metal detectors, Israeli media said. Palestinians allege they are an Israeli attempt to control the site and have launched mass protests.

On Friday, three Israeli settlers were killed by a Palestinian in Halamish settlement north of Ramallah, West Bank, and Israeli PM Netanyahu announced his home will be demolished.


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