Embassy Staff Return to Israel After Amman Shooting Incident

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The two Jordanians, working for a furniture firm, had entered the embassy compound before the shooting, the police said in a statement, adding that the dead man was killed by a gunshot and the two wounded men had been rushed to hospital.

Police said the two Jordanians had gone into the compound to carry out "carpentry work".

The Jordanian security agency did not say what triggered the shooting.

It was not immediately clear whether the incident in Amman on Sunday - in which two Jordanian men were killed and an Israeli seriously injured - was linked to the dispute over the Jerusalem compound.

After a visit to the Jordanian capital on Monday by the head of Shin Bet security service, Nadav Argaman, the Israeli government secured the return of all the embassy staff, including the guard, in an agreement with Jordan.

Jordan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not commented onm the report.

The holy site - where Muslim faithful believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven and which Jews revere as the site of their biblical temple - is under Israeli security control but Jordan is the religious custodian.

One of the tourists, Rabbi Menashe Zelicha of Bnei Brak, told Israel's Kol Chai radio station that Jordanian police told the visitors it was "forbidden" for Jews to pray in the country.

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Embassy Staff Return to Israel After Amman Shooting Incident

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah spoke that afternoon by telephone.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace deal in 1994, but the agreement remains deeply unpopular in the kingdom where many residents are of Palestinian origin.

A short statement from the Prime Minister's Office said that the return of Israel's diplomatic emissaries had been enabled thanks to "close cooperation between Israel and Jordan over the past day".

Israeli authorities did not release any information regarding the incident, which comes amid increased tensions between Israelis and Muslims.

Jordanians took to the streets of Amman last week to protest against Israeli policies at the shrine.

The Political-Security Cabinet is set to begin meeting today, Monday Rosh Chodesh Av, at 2:00PM to discuss the situation in Jordan and Har Habayis. The tensions have led to mass prayer protests and deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Jordanian security forces reportedly held mobs of protesters who had gathered at the embassy at bay following the incident.

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