Violence leaves 2 dead at Israeli embassy in Jordan

A Jordanian was killed on Sunday and an Israeli seriously wounded at Israel's embassy in Amman, a security source said.

In a statement posted on Facebook prior to the attack, the assailant said he was motivated by the Israeli government's recent restrictions on al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, according to an Israeli military spokesman.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on Monday afternoon with the Israeli security guard who is holed up in the Israeli embassy in Amman.

Israeli authorities say the attackers smuggled guns into the site and emerged from it to shoot the officers. It said one of the workers, later identified as a 17-year-old of Palestinian origin, attacked an Israeli security guard with a screwdriver.

"It emerged that they were not allowed [to show] any religious symbolsŲŒ" Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon told The Times of Israel.

A shoot-out at Israel's fortress-like embassy compound in Amman left two Jordanians dead and an Israeli injured amid escalating violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.


The source said that the Jordanian man was gunshot wounded to his shoulder while the Israeli had multiple stab wounds to the abdomen.

"I assured the security guard that we will see to bringing him back to Israel; we have experience in this", Netanyahu said in advance of a phone call with Jordan's King Abdullah.

The site, administered by Muslim authorities, is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount, and is home to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

The crisis erupted last week, after Israel installed metal detectors at the compound following a shooting attack that killed two policemen. Israel also released Hamas's founder and spiritual leader, Ahmed Yassin, from jail as part of the swap. It has always been a flashpoint of anti-Israel protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

Israel's security Cabinet met from late Sunday until the early hours of Monday to discuss the crisis at the shrine and the embassy shooting, and convened again Monday evening.


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