Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Israel and Jordan in Diplomatic Showdown Over Amman Embassy Attack

Israel and Jordan in Diplomatic Showdown Over Amman Embassy Attack

"We are experienced with this".

The dead Jordanian was killed by a gunshot, while the two injured people were taken to hospital, the statement said.

Tensions have risen following the July 14 attack that killed two policemen.

Jordan is now refusing to allow the wounded guard to leave for Israel, despite his diplomatic immunity.

A second Jordanian man at the scene, who was the landlord of the building, was also injured and later died of his wounds. Jordan and Israel have a peace agreement and share security interests, but frequently disagree over policies at the shrine.

In an interview, the father of Mohammad Jawawdah, the young Jordanian killed, called for a full investigation into his son's death. Jordanian media was almost entirely focused on the story Monday, with editorials in newspapers and broadcast media also demanding the death penalty.

The Hala Akhbar news site, which is linked to Jordan's military, said the violent incident also included a stabbing.

The Arab League yesterday accused Israel of "playing with fire" with new security measures at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

"The acts of terror, the violence on and off the mountain so holy to Jews and Arabs, must be condemned and must be stopped", Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said at a ceremony in Jerusalem.

The building has been sealed off and staff evacuated.

Israel's Foreign Ministry did not refer to such demands in its statement, but said the guard has diplomatic immunity, according to global conventions.

The security source told AFP the casualties were the result of an unspecified "incident".

The security official, who sustained light wounds, defended himself by firing at the terrorist. "This is where it stands now, and we don't know what will happen".

The Public Security Department (PSD) a police taskforce responded to the incident and deployed to the site. "There is a great deal of tension out there, and this can only be defused by the leaders of each country".

Online, many Jordanians speculated that the blame lay with the Israeli official involved, and accused the Israeli media of distorting the truth. "This could turn into a major riot that could cost King Abdullah his throne". On Monday, there were growing signs Israel was testing alternative security arrangement.

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