Jordanian Court Prevents Departure of Israeli Official Involved in Sunday's Amman Attack

Jordanian Court Prevents Departure of Israeli Official Involved in Sunday's Amman Attack

Jordanian Court Prevents Departure of Israeli Official Involved in Sunday's Amman Attack

Israel's foreign ministry said the security officer had acted in self-defence when he shot his attacker, a workman at the embassy compound.

The heavily protected Israeli embassy is located in the Rabiyeh neighbourhood, an affluent part of the capital city.

Meanwhile, a diplomatic standoff with Jordan, over a deadly shooting at the Israeli embassy in the kingdom, added another complication - but also a new opening to end the showdown over the Jerusalem holy site.

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It follows increased tensions in the regions following the installation of metal detectors at a sacred site in East Jerusalem known as Haram al-Sharif to Muslims and the Temple Mount to Jews.

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Jordanian police on Monday threatened a group of Israeli tourists that they would risk being jailed if they prayed anywhere in the country، an Israeli official said، according to the Times of Israel.

The incident comes after thousands of Jordanian held an anti-Israeli protest in Amman.

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He was said to be lightly injured in the incident.

The Israeli authorities have suggested that the guard acted in self defense, after a teenage worker attacked him with a screwdriver. Netanyahu said that the government was "carrying out discussions at all levels with security officials in Israel and the government in Amman in order to bring this situation to a resolution".

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On Friday, demonstrations across Jordan called for severing ties with Israel and closing off the Israeli embassy in Amman over Israeli escalation in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The incident is bound to further inflame Jordanian public opinion against Israel and complicate efforts to defuse tensions over a contested Jerusalem shrine.

The crisis erupted last week, after Israel installed metal detectors at the compound following a shooting attack that killed two policemen.

Muslim religious leaders have alleged that Israel is trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security, a claim Israel denies.

The embassy has been a meeting point for protests regarding turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

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