One person killed in shooting near Israel embassy in Jordan

One Jordanian was killed and two others were wounded, including an Israeli, in a shooting incident on Sunday in a building within the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan’s capital Amman, a police statement said.

Police said said two Jordanian men working for a furniture firm had entered the embassy before the shooting. The dead Jordanian was killed by a gunshot, while the two wounded people were taken to hospital, the statement said.

Earlier, the Hala Akhbar website linked to the Jordanian military reported that an Israeli and a Jordanian were wounded, adding that the incident involved a stabbing and a shooting.

Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, has seen an outpouring of public anger against Israel. Jordanian officials have called on Israel to remove metal detectors outside the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, whose installation has triggered the bloodiest clashes with the Palestinians in years.

Several thousand Jordanians demonstrated on Friday against Israel in Amman and in cities and refugee camps across the kingdom.

Many of Jordan’s 7 million citizens are of Palestinian origin, they or their parents having been expelled or fled to Jordan in the fighting that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948.


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