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Israeli Police to 'Examine' Fatal Jordan Shooting

 

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Israeli police will conduct an "examination" into the fatal shooting of two Jordanians by an embassy guard that led to ties between the two states worsening, officials said on Friday.
 
On July 23, a security guard for the Israeli embassy in Amman shot dead a Jordanian worker who had come to an apartment to install furniture and who stabbed him in the back with a screwdriver, according to the Israeli foreign ministry.
 
A second Jordanian, the apartment landlord, was also killed -- apparently by accident.
 
"The State Attorney's Office, with the approval of the Attorney General, has requested the head of investigations and intelligence division of the Israeli police to conduct a police examination into the shooting incident in Jordan," a justice ministry statement relayed by the foreign ministry said on Friday.
 
Jordanian authorities might also be contacted "in order to request the transfer to the police of additional materials," it said.
 
The guard was briefly questioned by investigators in Jordan before returning to Israel along with the rest of the embassy staff, where he received a hero's welcome from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
A Jordanian police report on the incident said an argument had broken out, with the Israeli complaining that the Jordanians were late in delivering the furniture.
 
Jordan said last week it would not allow the return of Israeli ambassador Einat Shlein and her staff until a "thorough investigation has been opened", with the Israeli foreign ministry saying in response it had launched a "verification procedure" into the shooting.
 
Friday's decision did not amount to an investigation, an Israeli justice ministry official told AFP.
 
The shootings took place as tensions in the region were high after Israel introduced new security measures at the highly sensitive al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, following an attack that killed two policemen.
 
The measures, including metal detectors and security cameras, were eventually removed.
 
Jordan is the official custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.
 
Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab governments to have signed a peace treaty with Israel and established full diplomatic relations.
 

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