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Jordan reportedly bars return of Israeli embassy staff until guard stands trial

Jordanian security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of the capital Amman on July 23, 2017
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The guard was initially barred from leaving Jordan demanding an investigation into the shooting incident

The Jordanian government will reportedly not allow the staff of the Israeli embassy in Amman to return until the embassy guard who shot and killed two Jordanians when he was allegedly attack with a screwdriver at the embassy compound last month stands trial, according to Jordanian daily Ad-Dustour.

The daily reported Sunday that the demand had been made to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in a letter last Wednesday, according to Haaretz.

Tensions have been heightened between Jordan and Israel since the incident and thousands of Jordanians demonstrated against Israel in Amman and other cities, calling for "resistance" to "Zionist attacks" and demanding the cancellation of a 1994 peace treaty.

According to Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the "security officer" was "stabbed ... by a Jordanian worker who had entered the embassy compound for routine furniture replacement."

The worker crept up behind the Israel and stabbed him with a screwdriver, the statement said. The security officer "defended himself" and killed the attacker.

A second Jordanian, identified as the landlord of the Israeli's apartment, was also injured in the incident and later succumbed to his wounds, Jordanian security sources and the Israeli government confirmed.

The embattled Israeli security guard told police that the Jordanian teen who attempted to stab was nationalistically motivated, local media reported.

The guard was initially barred from leaving Jordan until an investigation was held

Earlier this month, Israel confirmed it was also conducting an investigation into the incident.



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