Jordan Seeks to Question Israeli Guard over Embassy Shooting

US Ambassador to Israel condemns Halamish attack

Meanwhile, the Jordanian Public Security Department said that an investigation was still underway into the shooting at a building near the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday, which resulted in the death of two Jordanians and the injury of one Israeli guard. Jordan wanted to question the guard, who was slightly hurt, but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity and should be repatriated.

Speaking to CNN Arabic, Zakaria Al-Jawawda, owner of the furniture store and father of the 17-year-old carpenter, said he rejected the accusation that his son stabbed the Israeli guard, demanding the trial of his "son's killer". In a sign of the importance Israel places on its ties with Jordan, the Israeli government moved quickly to restore calm.

A second Jordanian was inadvertently killed in the gunfire, Israel says.

Jordan, which occupied East Jerusalem from 1949 to 1967, is the custodian of the site, which is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and Jews as the Temple Mount.

"I think we have to look now at the broader picture and take into account what happened in Jordan and what is going on Temple Mount and to combine those two problems", he said.

The guard opened fire, killing the teen, the media reports said. The Jordanian landlord of the embassy compound was injured and later succumbed to his wounds, the ministry added.

A statement from Israel's government said among those to return is a security officer, who had shot dead a Jordanian in self-defence.

Israeli measures at the flashpoint site sparked angry demonstrations in Amman on Friday, when thousands took to the streets in a protest.

The incident came at a time of heightened tension in the region over a Jerusalem holy site.

Netanyahu, who spoke with Ziv as well as Israeli Ambassador to Jordan Einat Shlain, said Israel had an "obligation" to get the two out of Amman and back to Israel.

The detectors were installed after two Israeli policemen were shot dead by three Arab-Israeli gunmen on July 14. Since the ruling, Abu Tayeh's tribe, the Howeitat, an important supporter of Hashemite rule, has been protesting and angrily denouncing the monarchy for the US military presence in the kingdom and criticizing the Jordanian military for "abandon [ing] [Abu Tayeh] instead of protecting him".

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