One killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Jordanian police stand guard during a protest against a government agreement to import natural gas from Israel, in Amman, Jordan, October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

Amman [Jordan]: At least one person was killed on Sunday in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman, according to media reports.

There has been no official confirmation from authorities but reports in Jordanian media suggest that a man was killed and an Israeli injured following an exchange of gunfire.

The police have sealed off the embassy.

The incident comes after several thousand Jordanians demonstrated on Friday against Israel amid rising tensions that was created with the latter’s decision to install metal detectors at entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque, which occupies one of the holiest sites in both Islam and Judaism.

Muslims call the site Haram al-Sharif, while Jews consider it to be the holy Temple Mount.

The detectors were installed after two Israeli policemen were shot dead by three Arab-Israeli gunmen on July 14.

Protesting the move, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced freezing of Palestine’s contacts with Israel.

Other regional leaders warned that the clashes in Jerusalem could spread to other parts of the Middle East.


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