Is­rael em­bassy shoot­ing com­pli­cates shrine cri­sis

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

The guard then re­sponded by shoot­ing dead the Jor­da­nian worker, while the apart­ment owner who was there at the time was wounded and later died from his in­juries, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry and a se­cu­rity source.

The se­cu­rity guard was lightly wounded, the min­istry state­ment said.

The se­cu­rity source in Am­man had con­firmed ear­lier that two Jor­da­ni­ans were killed in a shoot­ing in the area of the em­bassy.

Rel­a­tives of one of the Jor­da­ni­ans, Mo­ham­mad Al Dawaimeh, a 17-year-old boy, held protests on Mon­day call­ing for in­ves­ti­ga­tions to re­veal the truth.

“We de­mand the truth. Mo­ham­mad is a child. We do not know what hap­pened. He has no po­lit­i­cal ori­en­ta­tions what­so­ever,” said Em­ran Dawaimeh, a rel­a­tive of the boy.

The in­jured Is­raeli is “deputy di­rec­tor of se­cu­rity at the Is­raeli em­bassy and is still re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in hos­pi­tal”, the source added.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing was still un­der way, the po­lice said.

Is­rael and Jor­dan are bound by a 1994 peace treaty, but ten­sions have been high in re­cent days af­ter Is­rael put in place se­cu­rity mea­sures at a highly sen­si­tive holy site in an­nexed east Jerusalem.

Is­rael in­stalled metal de­tec­tors at en­trances to the site fol­low­ing an at­tack nearby that killed two po­lice­men.

Pales­tini­ans view the move as Is­rael as­sert­ing fur­ther con­trol over the Haram al-Sharif mosque com­pound, known to Jews as Tem­ple Mount.

On Fri­day, thou­sands of Jor­da­ni­ans took to the streets of Am­man af­ter the weekly prayer to de­nounce the Is­raeli mea­sures at the holy com­pound, which in­cludes Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

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

Is­rael shut off the mosque com­pound on July 14 af­ter Arab Is­raelis at­tacked and killed two po­lice of­fi­cers.

It re­opened it on July 16, but with the metal de­tec­tors in place, stok­ing Pales­tinian anger.

Vi­o­lence has since flared be­tween Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces and Pales­tini­ans who are de­mand­ing that Is­rael re­move the metal de­tec­tors.

JAMIE GAL­LAGHER / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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