Shooting at Israeli Embassy in Amman Leaves Two Dead

Policemen are shown standing near the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan on 23 July 2017 Policemen are shown standing near the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan on 23 July 2017 Stringer/Reuters

2 August 2017
On Sunday, 23 July 2017, a shooting in a residential building at the Israeli embassy in Amman eft two Jordanian men dead and one Israeli man wounded.

The occurrence comes at a time of increasing tensions between Israel and Jordan. Violence between the two countries has been low until recently.

The shooting occurred in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Amman, the capital of Jordan. The two Jordanians killed had been working for a furniture company and entered the embassy compound to carry out repairs. A security guard opened fire, killing the Jordanians. Police have not identified the wounded Israeli man.

Jordanian police stated that they have sealed off the embassy compound and deployed many anti-terrorism forces. Israel has imposed a ban on reporting the incident and has made no public comment.

Tensions have escalated between Israel and Jordan, after Israel installed metal detectors around the entry points to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. This was done after two Israeli policemen were killed by three Arab-Israeli gunmen on Friday, 21 July, 2017. The installation of the metal detectors have triggered a large amount of violence. Jordan has called for the removal of the detectors. Earlier on Sunday, Jordan requested for a meeting with Arab Foreign Ministers to speak about the situation.Thousands of Jordanians in Amman went to the streets after Friday prayers to denounce the incident as well.


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