Israeli embassy shooting in Jordan leaves one man dead, another injured

Jordan is also heavily involved in efforts to defuse the crisis at the Jerusalem holy site.

Sources said that the security guard has responded to the stabbing by shooting dead the workman dead.

Later Monday, Jordan's King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone, Jordan's state news agency Petra reported.

The father of the teen assailant reportedly told a Jordanian television station that he does not believe his son meant to attack an Israeli.

The guard opened fire after he was stabbed with a screwdriver outside the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday night.

More details are awaited on the incident.

Jordanian authorities demand the right to question an Israeli embassy security officer who killed an attacker and accidentally shot a bystander.

Online, many Jordanians speculated that the blame lay with the Israeli official involved, and accused the Israeli media of distorting the truth. It said there was no Jordan proposal to trade the security guard for a removal of the metal detectors. He says his son was unaffiliated with any group.

A police statement says two Jordanian men working for a furniture firm had entered the embassy before the shooting.

Reports speculate that it may have something to do with the tensions in Israel and the Temple Mount.

The Israeli embassy in the affluent Rabae district of Amman is protected by Jordanian gendarmes. The incident led to a diplomatic standoff, with Jordan saying it would not let the guard leave without an investigation. According to the Saraya website, the incident occurred inside the embassy.

Following the incident, Israeli police briefly shut down the al-Aqsa compound and canceled Muslim Friday prayers at the holy site.

It reopened it on July 16, but with the metal detectors in place, stoking Palestinian anger.

Security cameras have now also been installed at a gateway leading to the site. Israel denied this charge.

An investigation into the shooting was still underway, the police said.

The lawyer is briefing Muslim leaders Monday.

The Haram la-Sharif/Temple Mount was seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

A significant percentage of Jordan's population is of Palestinian origin and a Jordanian religious authority, the Waqf, administers the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary.

  • Jon Douglas