Israeli embassy in Jordan locked down amid reports of gunfire

Two Jordanians killed and Israeli man injured in shooting at Israeli embassy compound in Amman
Gagging order imposed on reporting of incident in Israeli amid heightened tensions Monday 24 July 2017 00:01 BST Click to followThe Independent Online Security forces stand guard outside the Israeli embassy in the Rabiyeh neighbourhood of the Jordanian capital Amman following a security incident on 23 July 2017. AFP/Getty Images
Two Jordanian men have been shot dead and an Israeli man wounded near the Israeli embassy in Amman.
Jordan’s public security directorate said Jordanians had entered a residential building in the embassy’s heavily fortified compound to carry out carpentry work before the incident.
A statement did not say what triggered the shooting, which initially wounded three people, or who was responsible. Israel ‘playing with fire and risking major crisis with Islamic world’
Two Jordanians later died, including a doctor living in the building, according to the Hala Akhbar news site.
Reports in local media said the Israeli man was in an “unstable” condition in hospital, with large numbers of security personnel deployed at the scene.
There was no immediate confirmation from Israeli authorities because of a gagging order imposed by the government.
The incident comes after days of rising tensions in the region over Israel’s decision to install metal detectors at entrances to the al-Aqsa mosque, which occupies one of the holiest sites in both Islam and Judaism. Muslims call the site Haram al-Sharif while Jews consider it to be the holy Temple Mount.
Several thousand people demonstrated on Friday in Amman and in cities and refugee camps across Jordan, which is the Islamic custodian of the site.
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