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Newsline: Jordanian protesters demand closure of Israel’s embassy

Protesters gathered near the Israeli Embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman, angry that an Israeli embassy guard who shot dead a Jordanian had returned to Israel and been granted diplomatic immunity. A Reuters witness said around 200 people had assembled peacefully in the vicinity of the embassy. Scores chanted, “Death to Israel,” and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and scrapping of a peace treaty with Israel. A heavy Jordanian police presence had sealed off the area around the embassy so the protesters gathered nearby. Lasy Sunday an embassy guard shot dead Jordanian teenager Mohammad Jawawdah as well as the landlord of the house in the compound where the guard lived. Israel said the guard had been defending himself after Jawawdah assaulted him with a screwdriver in a “terrorist attack.” Israel is examining the July 23 incident, in accordance with its usual legal procedures. The offices of the state prosecutor and the attorney general have asked all parties connected to the incident hand over all relevant material. Israel plans to update Jordan on its examination of the incident.



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