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Israeli embassy in Amman attacked by terrorists, some people wounded - TV

30 July, 2017

It was also revealed that Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, who had been tasked by Netanyahu to defuse the crisis, and flew to Amman on Monday, persuaded Jordanian officials that the incident involving the Israeli security guard was in fact a terrorist attack.

The incident is one of the most serious incidents between the two countries since they signed a peace treaty in 1994.

Jordan has said it is looking to question an Israeli security guard who killed two Jordanians at the Amman embassy compound, as Israel points to his diplomatic immunity. According to radio reports, Israel has dispatched a senior defense official to help resolve the crisis.

The shooting came at a time when Israel and Jordan were conducting intense contacts over an escalating crisis at a contested Jerusalem shrine that is revered by Muslims and Jews.

A second Jordanian was inadvertently killed in the gunfire, it said.

It did not specify the whereabouts of the embassy staff.

Jordan's security agency confirmed that Jordanians had entered the apartment building for carpentry work. The guard was reportedly wounded.

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Earlier in 1997, a Jordanian soldier opened fire at a group of Israeli schoolgirls on a field trip to a joint Israeli-Jordanian tourist resort along the border.

In a statement issued shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, the Israeli Prime Minister's Office said their return "was made possible by the close cooperation that took place in the last 24 hours between Israel and Jordan".

The following year clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces around the site quickly led to unrest elsewhere in Jerusalem, across Israel and in the West Bank that have continued intermittently till now.

Initial reports in Jordan described the incident as a domestic dispute, but Israeli media suspected the attack was nationalistically motivated, amid the tensions between Israel and Muslim countries in the region over recently installed security measures on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Muslim religious leaders have alleged that Israel is trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security, a claim Israel denies.

"I am happy to see you here and that things ended the way they did", Netanyahu said. It has always been a flashpoint of anti-Israeli protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

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