One killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Security forces outside the Israeli embassy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is working to bring home an Israeli security guard at the embassy in Amman, Jordan, who shot and killed a teenage assailant and a bystander, as well as returning the rest of the embassy staff to Israel.

It is one of the most serious incidents between the two countries since they signed a peace treaty in 1994.

"In accordance with the Vienna Convention, the security officer has immunity from investigation and imprisonment", the statement said.

Israel's Security Cabinet met for several hours Monday evening in an effort to resolve the crisis over security measures on the Temple Mount and the escalating diplomatic crisis with Jordan.

Safadi said: "Jordan acted legally and morally [by complying to global laws on diplomatic mission]". Jordan is the custodian of the mosque.




Israeli authorities say the metal detectors are needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the site and emerged from it to shoot the officers, reported AFP.

The father of the teen assailant reportedly told a Jordanian television station that he does not believe his son meant to attack an Israeli. In the ensuing stuggle, Jawawdeh was shot and immediately died, while the owner of the apartment, doctor Bashar Hamarneh, was injured and hospitalized, dying of his injuries later.

Jordanian media reported that security forces were deployed in the streets around the embassy after the incident, using tear gas to disperse protesters who gathered in the neighbourhood.

The king said immediate measures should be taken to restore stability in the holy site and end the continued tensions, underlining the need to remove all security measures taken by Israel. Since the ruling, Abu Tayeh's tribe, the Howeitat, an important supporter of Hashemite rule, has been protesting and angrily denouncing the monarchy for the US military presence in the kingdom and criticizing the Jordanian military for "abandon [ing] [Abu Tayeh] instead of protecting him".

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians over the site have surged in recent days in response to the metal detectors, which were put in place following the killing nearby of two Israeli policemen. The Islamic Movement led by Sheik Raed Sallah is also under pressure from Israel amid suspicions that, with discreet help from Turkey and Qatar and the open support of Sheik Yusuf al-Qardawi, it and Hamas are trying to erode the influence of Jordan and the PNA in order to gain exclusive control of the holy site. It has always been a flashpoint of anti-Israeli protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

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