Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
World News | By Cecilia Wilkerson

Israel embassy guard kills two Jordanians, including doctor

Israel embassy guard kills two Jordanians, including doctor

Israeli media on Tuesday showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving a hero's welcome to the unidentified embassy staffer who killed a 16-year-old boy and a surgeon.

Israel's Reshet Bet radio on Monday morning reported that a senior Israeli official is on his way to Amman to resolve the crisis.

Israel and Jordan are bound by a 1994 peace treaty, but tensions have been high in recent days after Israel put in place security measures at the al-Aqsa mosque in annexed east Jerusalem.

One of the Jordanians killed was a physician at the scene, the security agency said.

The Israeli diplomatic team remains confined to the embassy compound, despite plans to evacuate the embassy staff and return them to Israel, Haaretz reported.

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The Jordanian government is the official overseer of the Muslim holy sites occupying the Temple Mount, though security is supposedly in Israel's hands.

Following repeated clashes on the Temple Mount in late 2015 and the beginning of 2016, Jordan said it would install security cameras on the Temple Mount to "expose Israeli assaults and violations". The guard opened fire after being stabbed with a screwdriver.

The second Jordanian, who died from his wounds in hospital, was identified as the building's landlord.

The statement, issued by the media unit at the Public Security Department (PSD), said that the initial investigation indicated that the two Jordanians were at the residential building "as carpenters who had entered the facility in this capacity".

Security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of the Jordanian capital Amman.

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The incident came at a time of heightened tension in the region over a Jerusalem holy site.

Muslim religious leaders have alleged that Israel is trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security, a claim Israel denies.

President Abbas has suspended all contacts between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government on Friday in protest of the metal detectors.

The detectors were installed after two Israeli policemen were shot dead by three Arab-Israeli gunmen on July 14.

Jordan's ruling Hashemite dynasty, said to trace its ancestry to Prophet Muhammad, draws much of its legitimacy from its role as protector of the shrine.

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