Jordan said Monday it was looking to question an Israeli security guard who killed two Jordanians at the Amman embassy compound, as the Zionist entitty insisted he had diplomatic immunity.
A Jordanian government source, who declined to be named, said Tel Aviv was “still examining the request” to quiz the guard involved in Sunday’s incident, which according to Israeli officials saw a Jordanian attack the guard with a screwdriver.
The security guard shot dead the Jordanian attacker, while a second Jordanian there at the time was also killed .
A Jordanian security source named the first dead man as 17-year-old Mohammed Jawawdeh and the second as Bashar Hamarneh, a doctor who was in the residential quarter of the embassy at the time of the incident.
He said the Israeli is the deputy director of security at the embassy.
Israeli foreign ministry said Jawawdeh, who had gone to the compound to install furniture, stabbed the security guard in the back with a screwdriver.
“Israel is still examining the request,” the source said. “There is no need for a diplomatic escalation.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they would seek to find an agreement, vowing to bring the guard home as soon as possible.
“We are holding contacts with Jordanian security and government officials in order to bring the incident to a close ASAP,” he said in a statement.
Jawawdeh’s father Zakariya told AFP he wanted the truth, urging authorities to view CCTV footage from security cameras at the embassy.
“My son has no interest in politics. He does not follow any extremist ideology,” he said.
The government source said an initial investigation indicated that Jawawdeh and the security guard “fell out over some dispute which led to a stabbing and a shooting”.