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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Jordanian shot dead and Israeli wounded at embassy in Amman

Wounded man reported to have been stabbed and in critical condition

Security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of Amman after an incident on July 23, 2017 in which a Jordanian man was reported to have been killed and an Israeli seriously wounded. Khalil Mazraawi / AFP
Security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighbourhood of Amman after an incident on July 23, 2017 in which a Jordanian man was reported to have been killed and an Israeli seriously wounded. Khalil Mazraawi / AFP

UPDATE: Two Jordanians shot dead in Israeli embassy confrontation in Amman

A Jordanian man was shot dead and an Israeli man was wounded at the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday evening, a security official and a news site linked to Jordan's military reported.

The Hala Akhbar site said the incident also included a stabbing.

It said the Israeli man was in an "unstable" condition and that the Jordanian died after suffering critical gunshot injuries.

A security official confirmed a Jordanian had been killed and an Israeli wounded, but would not provide further details.

There were no further details of the incident, although a heavier-than-usual Jordanian security presence was seen near the embassy in Rabiyeh, an affluent residential area of the Jordanian capital.

Israel's foreign ministry had no immediate comment.

The incident comes amid mounting tensions between Israel and the Muslim world over metal detectors installed by Israel at .

Israel and Jordan are bound by a 1994 peace treaty, but tensions have been high in recent days after Israel installed metal detectors at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in east Jerusalem.

On Friday, thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman after the weekly prayers to denounce the Israeli measures at the compound, the third holiest site in Islam and revered by Jews as Temple Mount.

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

A crowd estimated at more than 8,000 turned out for a demonstration called by Islamist movements and leftist parties.

Many of Jordan's 7 million citizens are of Palestinian origin, they or their parents having been expelled or fled to Jordan in the fighting that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948.

Israel shut off the mosque compound on July 14 after three Palestinians attacked and killed two police officers nearby. The attackers fled into the compound and were shot dead by Israeli security forces.

The compound was reopened two days later after metal detectors were installed at its entrances.