1 killed, 2 wounded at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 26, 2017

Overnight Sunday, the Foreign Ministry called on the staff in Amman to come home, but Jordanian officials refused to authorize the exit of the security guard - and most of the diplomatic staff made a decision to stay on in solidarity.

Jordan is officially "the guardian" of this holy place to Islam.

Meanwhile, however, mass demonstrations have formed outside the embassy over demands that the security guard be arrested - and sources inside the embassy told the NRG news site that they dare not leave the building now.

Security cameras have now also been installed at a gateway leading to the site.

Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated against Israel in Amman on Friday over the installation of metal detectors at the Temple Mount.

Israel shut off the mosque compound on July 14 after Arab Israelis attacked and killed two police officers nearby. "We didn't know that they were armed". Soon after, three Israelis were brutally stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant in the West Bank community of Halamish.

The head of the parliament, Atef Al-Tarawneh, said the incident was still shrouded in mystery and thus called on King Abdullah "to submit a detailed report including the results of the investigation within delay or procrastination".

Netanyahu said Sunday the demolition would go ahead "as soon as possible".

Two Palestinians died, including one when a petrol bomb exploded prematurely.

Former Gaza security chief Mohammed Dahlan has declared that the Hamas-ruled territory can expect to see the easing of.

Also Sunday, a rocket fired at Israel from Gaza hit an open area, the army said, causing no injuries.

The holy site in Jerusalem has served as a rallying cry for Palestinians.

Many of Jordan's 7 million citizens are of Palestinian origin.

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

Jordan's ruling Hashemite dynasty, said to trace its ancestry back to Prophet Muhammad, draws much of its legitimacy from the role of protector of the site, which houses the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosques.

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