Deadly shooting incident at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Two Jordanian men were killed and an Israeli man was seriously wounded by gunfire at the Israeli embassy in Amman.

    Two Jordanians have been killed and an Israeli wounded by gunfire in a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli embassy compound in Jordan's capital Amman, the kingdom's Public Security Directorate said.

    The shooting took place on Sunday evening in a residential building used by embassy staff.

    On Monday, Israel's Foreign Ministry said a security guard shot and killed the Jordanians in a confrontation.

    Police said that the two Jordanians worked for a furniture company and entered the embassy compound to carry out repairs.

    Israeli media say the guard opened fire, killing the 17-year-old Jordanian. The reports say the Jordanian owner of the apartment was hit by gunfire inadvertently and later died.

    The Israeli was in "unstable" condition, reported news site Hala Akhbar, linked to the Jordanian military.

    READ MORE: Jordanian sentenced to life for killing US trainers

    "We have started a large-scale investigation into the incident and ordered the prosecutor general to look at all the details," the police said in a statement.

    Jordanian security forces were deployed in the streets around the embassy, police said.

    Mounting tensions

    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.

    Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman after Friday prayers to denounce the Israeli measures at the al-Haram al-Sharif mosque compound.

    Jordan is the official custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

    SOURCE: News agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months