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Attack at Israel embassy in Jordan's capital Amman

Attack at Israel embassy in Jordan's capital Amman

Police deployed to the scene and surrounded the area, the statement said, adding that the two Jordanians had gone into the building to carry out "carpentry work".

The fortress-like embassy in the affluent Rabae district of Amman is protected by Jordanian gendarmes.

No further details were provided.

Israel Radio said the ban had been imposed because Jordan wanted to question the security guard but Israel said he had diplomatic immunity.

The incident came at a time of heightened tensions over Israel's imposition of restrictive measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Israel installed new security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, as officials b.

The same government source insisted that Jordan would take steps to escalate the diplomatic crisis in the event that the Israeli diplomat is not handed over to the security authorities.

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The site, administered by Muslim authorities, is known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount, and is home to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

On Sunday night a Jordanian worker stabbed the Israel deputy chief of security at the Amman embassy with a screwdriver. The Jordan-based Islamic Waqf is the administrator of the Temple Mount. The Palestinians were suspected of preparing attacks in the immediate future or of being members of the militant group Hamas, the official said.

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.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians over the site have surged in recent days in response to the metal detectors, which were put in place following the killing nearby of two Israeli policemen. During those riots, three Palestinians were killed, and dozens injured.

Israeli Major General Yoav Mordechai - head of COGAT, the defence ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories - signalled that changes to the policy were possible.