Violence leaves 2 dead at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Jordanian street voices anger over Al Aqsa restrictions

The Israeli Foreign Ministry, however, claimed in a statement on Monday that the guard had "acted in self-defense" and had immunity from questioning and prosecution.

There are few confirmed details of the incident in the Israeli embassy in Amman, which appears to have happened in a building used as a residency for staff in the embassy compound.

"We are holding contacts with Jordanian security and government officials in order to bring the incident to a close ASAP", he said in a statement.

Jordanian security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the residential Rabiyeh neighborhood of the capital Amman on July 23, 2017.

Israel's Foreign Ministry did not refer to Jordanian demands, but said the guard enjoys diplomatic immunity under worldwide conventions.

Israel is sounding out moderate Arab countries including Egypt and Jordan in the search for a solution to the problem at Temple Mount that might allow the metal detectors to be removed while also guaranteeing security at the Muslim and Jewish sacred site.

Muslims call the site Haram al-Sharif, while Jews consider it to be the holy Temple Mount.

The Jordanian news agency Ammon News, reported that Netanyahu was expected to speak by phone with Jordan's King Abdullah on Monday in an attempt to ease tense relations between their two countries after the attack at the Israeli embassy in Amman.

The police had sealed off the embassy for further investigation. He assured the security guard that Israel will ensure his return to Israel.

A Jordanian government source, who declined to be named, said Israel was "still examining the request" to quiz the guard involved in Sunday's incident, which according to Israeli officials saw a Jordanian attack the guard with a screwdriver.

The newspaper Haaretz says that Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday in the Trump administration's first direct foray into the crisis.

They were shot dead by Israeli-Arab gunmen in the surrounding area on 14 July. Following the attack, the Israeli deputy ambassador remained in Cairo; 85 staff members and their families returned to Israel.

The incident comes at a time of heightened tension in the region over a Jerusalem holy site, where Jordan has an historical role as custodian. Metal detectors installed at entrances to the mosque have become a symbol of the broader struggle over control of the contested compound. The tensions have led to mass prayer protests and Israeli-Palestinian violence. However, it said on Monday that it had reached no decision, AP reported.

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