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Shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan leaves one dead

Shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan leaves one dead

Shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan leaves one dead

A diplomatic standoff between Israel and Jordan over a deadly shooting at Israel's embassy in the kingdom once again tests the strategic, if turbulent ties forged in a 1994 peace treaty.

The Israeli army said the 19-year-old Palestinian had spoken in a Facebook post of the holy site and of dying as a martyr.

The Jordanian bystander appeared to have been killed accidentally, an official told Reuters. Police deployed to the scene and surrounded the area, the statement said, adding that the two Jordanians had gone into the building to carry out "carpentry work". The guard reportedly remains in the embassy.

Deadly clashes have rocked Jerusalem since Israeli authorities installed metal detectors at entrances to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following an attack on July 14 that killed two policemen.

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.

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The Jordanian, who was in the embassy compound for routine furniture replacement, attacked the security official from behind, by stabbing him with a screwdriver, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

According to a senior Jordanian government source speaking to Jordan Times, Jordan is demanding that Israeli authorities hand over the embassy employee to investigate and take legal action against him.

Palestinians say the Israeli measures are aimed at paving the way for the Judaization of the city.

"I spoke twice overnight with Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Einat Shalin and with the security guard", Netanyahu said Monday afternoon, a day after the incident, during remarks to the media at the start of a meeting with visiting Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

It has always been a flashpoint of anti-Israeli protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinians were suspected of preparing attacks in the immediate future or of being members of the militant group Hamas, the official said. Jordan, meanwhile, refuses to allow the guard to leave the country. It also shares a long border with Israel. A deadly shooting near Israel's Embassy in Jordan has exacerbated tensions.

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