Deadly Shooting Incident At Israeli Embassy In Jordan

Two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli was wounded by gunfire on Sunday in a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Jordan's capital, the kingdom's Public Security Directorate said. An investigation into the shooting was still underway, the police said.

A security source told AFP news agency that: "The first Jordanian, 17-year-old Mohammed Jawawdeh, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The second, Bashar Hamarneh, a doctor who was in the residential quarter of the embassy at the time of the incident ... died of his injuries after midnight in hospital".

The injured Israeli is "deputy director of security at the Israeli embassy and is still receiving treatment in hospital," the source added. The Israeli was in "unstable" condition, reported news site Hala Akhbar, linked to the Jordanian military.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had no comment. Jordanian security forces deployed in the streets around the embassy, an AFP correspondent said.

The incident comes at a time of mounting tensions between Israel and the Muslim world over metal detectors Israel installed around the al-Aqsa Mosque. Earlier on Sunday, Jordan requested an urgent meeting for Arab foreign ministers to discuss the situation.

On Friday, thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman after the weekly prayer to denounce the Israeli measures at the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound. Jordan is the official custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

Courtesy:Al Jazeera

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