Deaths at Israeli Embassy in Amman Come as Jerusalem Seethes


Israel's security Cabinet was meeting from late Sunday until the early hours of Monday to discuss the crisis at the shrine, and was briefed during the meeting about the incidents at the embassy, the Foreign Ministry said. 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 incident occurred after a Israeli security officer was stabbed by a Jordanian worker who had entered the Israeli embassy compound in Amman for routine furniture replacement.

The father of the teen assailant reportedly told a Jordanian television station that he does not believe his son meant to attack an Israeli.

The head of Israel's domestic Shin Bet security agency met with officials in Jordan on Monday to resolve the crisis, the worst between the two countries in recent years.

The event quickly turned into a charged, if discreet, showdown over diplomatic immunity, with Jordan demanding to question the Israeli security guard and barring him from leaving the country, according to local news reports.

Jordanian officials said Monday that the guard could only leave after an investigation, according to a news site linked to Jordan's military.

Muslims across the world have demanded that the devices be removed, and the Palestinian Authority said it was cutting off all contacts with Israel because of the new measures.

More news: Inter Milan Refuse To Budge On Ivan Perisic Manchester United Transfer Situation
More news: Britain and European Union 'get to work' on Brexit
More news: NEW IMAGES: NASA's Juno Spacecraft Captures Jupiter's Great Red Spot

"The Foreign Ministry and security officials are working via different channels with the government of Jordan", it added.

The heavily-protected area around the embassy has been sealed off by the police while security forces have been deployed throughout the compound which has so far been evacuated.

The guard opened fire, killing the teen, the media reports said. Jordan said the worker was there to "do carpentry".

The restrictions triggered protests from Palestinians, who see the move as a punitive measure, and sparked violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

The Israeli guard was also injured in the incident, which took place in Jordan's capital Amman on Sunday (23 July) evening.

It came as Israeli media reported that U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast envoy was on his way to the region to try to defuse the growing Temple Mount crisis. The tensions have led to mass prayer protests and deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence. Metal detectors installed at entrances to the mosque have become a symbol of the broader struggle over control of the contested compound. However, it said on Monday that it had reached no decision, AP reported.