Israeli Embassy Official in Amman Seriously Wounded in Attack

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -
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Security personnel outside the Israeli embassy in Amman Sunday night. (Reuters/Stringer)

Two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli was wounded by gunfire Sunday in a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Jordan’s capital, the kingdom’s Public Security Directorate said.

Before the shooting, Jordanians had entered the apartment building for carpentry work, the statement said. It did not say what triggered the shooting.

Three people were initially wounded in the incident, the security agency said. Two Jordanians later died, according to the agency and the news site Hala Akhbar, linked to the Jordanian military.

One of the Jordanians killed was a physician at the scene, the security agency said.

The Israeli was in “unstable” condition, the news site said.

The Israeli government has not commented on the attack.

The incident comes at a time of mounting tensions between Israel and the Muslim world over metal detectors Israel installed at the entrance to Har HaBayis following a deadly terror attack.

Jordan is the Muslim custodian of the site. On Friday, thousands of Jordanians staged an anti-Israeli protest in Amman.

 


Updated Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm