Violence leaves one dead at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Violence leaves one dead at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Reports in Jordanian media suggest two people, one of them Jordanian, were killed in a fire-fight.

The Hala Akhbar news site, which is linked to Jordan's military, said the violent incident also included a stabbing.

It said two Jordanian men working for a furniture firm had entered the embassy before the shooting.

The three people were hospitalized, with one of the Jordanians dying from bullet wounds, according to a statement.

Israel has imposed a ban on reporting the incident and has made no public comment.

The incident comes at a time of mounting tensions between Israel and the Muslim world over metal detectors Israel installed at a Jerusalem shrine revered by Muslims and Jews.

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Police sealed off the heavily protected embassy in the upmarket Rabiyeh neighbourhood of the Jordanian capital.

Israel has in the past given repeated assurances that it understands Jordan's concerns and does not seek to alter the status quo in the Muslim holy sites of Jerusalem.

The Israeli embassy in Jordan is on lockdown amid reports of gunfire, The Independent reported.

A crowd estimated at more than 8,000 turned out for a demonstration called by Islamist movements and leftist parties. The attackers fled into the compound and were shot dead by Israeli security forces.

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