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In 2nd border incident, Jordanian troops kill man who was trying to reach Israel

IDF emphasizes incident occurred within Jordan as group of 3 tried to cross; shooting comes hours after Israeli troops capture 5 illegal immigrants who cut through border overnight

View of the border fence between Israel and Jordan in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, on February 13, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
View of the border fence between Israel and Jordan in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, on February 13, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A Jordanian man was shot dead by Jordan’s army as he attempted to cross into Israel on Saturday, Hebrew-language media reported.

The incident came hours after Israeli soldiers arrested five border infiltrators from Jordan after several hours of searches.

In the second incident, three suspects approached a border fence between Israel and Jordan.

Jordanian forces called out to the three and opened fire when one of the suspects continued toward the fence, Channel 12 news reported.

It was unclear what happened to the other two.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the matter, and emphasized that the entire incident took place on Jordanian soil.

The incident came just hours after Israel Defense Forces troops arrested five Jordanians who crossed the border earlier in the day.

After identifying the group’s crossing, the army launched a manhunt in the morning. One suspect was quickly arrested and the other four were caught near the Dead Sea in the early afternoon.

All five were unarmed. The military said it believed they were illegal immigrants and did not represent a danger.

On Thursday morning, soldiers arrested two suspects who crossed into northern Israel from Lebanon, following an hours-long manhunt, amid rising tensions along the restive northern frontier.

The two men appeared to be migrants from Lebanon, who entered Israel with the hope of finding work. They were questioned by Israeli security forces, the military said.

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