Two dead in shooting at Israel's embassy in Jordan
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 25, 2017,
Jul 25, 2017, 0:27
Around half of Jordan's seven million citizens are of Palestinian origin. It is yet to be ascertained the nature of the attack and what led to the shooting. Jordanian government officials were not immediately available for comment.
The attacker then tried to escape but a bystander rammed him with his vehicle and handed him over to police.
In the past two years, Palestinians have killed 45 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist, mostly in stabbing attacks.
Police in Amman now want to interrogate the guard, but Israel insists he has diplomatic immunity. His father told Jordanian media Monday that as far as he was concerned, his son was a "martyr", and that the only possible punishment was the death penalty.
The guard opened fire, killing the teen. The guard fought back and shot the attacker dead.
More details are awaited on the incident.
On Monday a Palestinian reportedly stabbed an Israeli man in the town of Petah Tikva, according to police. He says his son was unaffiliated with any group.
Speaking on Monday at the start of his meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Netanyahu said he spoke twice overnight with Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Eynat Schlein and with the security guard.
Reports said the owner of the residential building used by the embassy was hit with a stray bullet and killed.
At least one person has been killed and two others injured in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan.
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".
Muslim leaders alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security, a claim Israel has denied. It reopened it on July 16, but with the metal detectors in place, stoking Palestinian anger. The installation of the metal detectors has caused anger among Palestinians and in the Muslim world generally. A deadly shooting near Israel's Embassy in Jordan has exacerbated tensions. According to reports, the security forces have cordoned off the premises of the embassy and the area around it.
As part of intensifying diplomatic efforts, President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday.
Israel implemented the Temple Mount security measures following a terror attack 11 days ago, in which three Israeli Arabs attacked and killed two border policemen with weapons that had been hidden on the Temple Mount.
Israel's security Cabinet has reached no decision about the new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site that have set off a wave of violence.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and security authorities are working with the Jordanian government over various channels", the Israeli foreign ministry said. Jordan is the custodian of the mosque. "This is where it stands now, and we don't know what will happen".