Two Jordanians have been killed near the Israeli embassy in Jordan

Two Jordanians have been killed near the Israeli embassy in Jordan

Israel's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a security guard at the country's embassy in Jordan opened fire, killing two Jordanians, after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver.

Two Jordanians have been killed and an Israeli wounded in an incident next to Israel's embassy in Amman, BBC News reports.

Tensions have escalated between the two countries since Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after two Israeli policemen were shot dead by three Arab-Israeli gunmen near the site in recent days.

On Friday, Amman played host to large protests against Israeli actions regarding the holy site of al-Aqsa in Jerusalem.

An attack has taken place at the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, with casualties reported.

He was said to be lightly injured in the incident.

A US official said that President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, was due in Israel on Monday and was likely to attempt some mediation in the crisis.

Overnight Sunday, the Foreign Ministry called on the staff in Amman to come home, but Jordanian officials refused to authorize the exit of the security guard - and most of the diplomatic staff chose to stay on in solidarity. Jews consider the same site their holiest, where the ancient Temple of Solomon once stood.

Israel reopened the compound on July 16, but with metal detectors and surveillance cameras put up at entrances. The Israeli man was said to be in an "unstable" condition.

Muslim religious leaders have alleged that Israel is trying to expand its control at the site under the guise of security, a claim Israel denies.

"I was impressed that she is handling the matter in the best way possible", Netanyahu said.

A security source in Amman said the first Jordanian, 17-year-old Mohammed Jawawdeh, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Israel's government met late Sunday night and into the early hours of Monday morning to discuss whether there would be any changes to the security situation.

It has always been a flashpoint of anti-Israeli protests at times of turmoil in the Palestinian territories.

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