Jordan shooting : Two killed, one wounded at Israeli embassy

Attack at Israel embassy in Jordan's capital Amman

It is yet to be ascertained the nature of the attack and what led to the shooting.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is working together with the security authorities and with the Jordanian government to resolve the crisis.

The attacker then tried to escape but a bystander rammed him with his vehicle and handed him over to police.

The Israeli statement said that according to global conventions, the guard has legal immunity.

The injured Israeli was in an "unstable" condition and the Jordanian died after suffering "critical gunshot injuries", the Hala Akhbar website reported.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in contact with the head of the embassy and the guard, the statement read.

Details of the incident in the Jordanian capital remain unclear.

Two Jordanians have been shot dead and an Israeli wounded in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Amman.

The son, a 17-year-old, stabbed the guard with a screwdriver late on Sunday.

Violence against Israelis is rare in Jordan, a tightly policed country that is also a staunch regional ally of the United States. Watch this space for more updates on the incident.

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Israel's foreign ministry said the Jordanian who stabbed the guard was a workman who was at the embassy compound to replace furniture. The Jordan-based Islamic Waqf is the administrator of the Temple Mount.

Following the incident, Israeli police briefly shut down the al-Aqsa compound and canceled Muslim Friday prayers at the holy site. Israel's move triggered Muslim protests and claims that it's trying to expand its role at the site, which is also holy to Jews.

Jordan said he can only leave the country after an investigation.

The Haram la-Sharif/Temple Mount was seized by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

A large proportion of Jordanians have Palestinian origins, with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics putting their number at 3.24 million in 2009, or more than half the population.

He was said to be lightly injured in the incident. "Policemen came into the hotel and were shouting and went wild، saying that in a minute they would take us out of Jordan if we made even a tiny squeak".

As part of intensifying diplomatic efforts, President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday.

The newspaper Haaretz says that Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday in the Trump administration's first direct foray into the crisis. Israel's minister of public security said Sunday that metal detectors set at the entrance to a major Jerusalem shr. Police deployed to the scene and surrounded the area, the statement said, adding that the two Jordanians had gone into the building to carry out "carpentry work". They were captured shortly after the attack.

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

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