Friday, 17 August, 2018

Two Jordanians killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Amman

Jordanian security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of the capital Amman Jordanian security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of the capital Amman
Ellis Copeland | 29 July, 2017, 08:13

The crisis had been triggered by a shooting Sunday in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians after one attacked him with a screwdriver.

The news of the emerging deal on Monday night had been preceded by a comment from Israel's United Nations ambassador Danny Danon, who told The Associated Press that he believes the standoff with Jordan over the killing of two Jordanians by an Israeli security guard near Israel's embassy in Amman will be resolved "shortly".

"The incident in Jordan has a potential of disrupting the relations between the two countries", said Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan. "I told both of them (the guard and Israel's ambassador to Jordan, Einat Shalin) that we are holding ongoing contacts with security and government officials in Amman, on all levels, in order to bring the incident to a close as quickly as possible".

Bashar Hamarneh, a doctor and the landlord of Ziv's apartment, was also shot and killed in the ensuing struggle, according to a statement released at the time by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). "He later died of his wounds". Israel Radio said the ban had been imposed because Jordan wanted to question the security guard but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity.

The Foreign Ministry said the security officer has diplomatic immunity from "investigation and imprisonment", according to the Vienna Convention. It has always been a flashpoint of anti-Israeli protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

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Jordan had insisted on taking the guard into their custody for questioning and had prevented staff from leaving the premises of the embassy.

King Abdullah's Hashemite monarchy has been custodian of the sites since 1924, paying for their upkeep and deriving part of its legitimacy from the role.

The attack, carried out by a Jordanian teenager who reportedly is of Palestinian origin, was the latest in ongoing violence connected to the controversy over new security measures on the Temple Mount that have swept Jerusalem, the Palestinian areas and Jordan. The Jordan-based Islamic Waqf is the administrator of the Temple Mount.

Palestinian militant group Hamas praised the attack, saying: "We bless the heroic Halamish operation which came as a result to the Zionist occupation violations and crimes against our people in Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque", the group said on Twitter.

But the Israeli measures have angered Palestinians and the Muslim world, which regard them as an attempt by Israel to claim further control over the compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site for Jews.

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