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Israel said working overtime to quell Jordan tensions

Results of an investigation into the death of Jordanian judge at Allenby crossing to be quickly passed to Amman

A Jordanian woman shouts anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in front of the Israeli Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on March 10, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
A Jordanian woman shouts anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in front of the Israeli Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on March 10, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

Israel was making concerted diplomatic efforts Monday night to quell tensions with Jordan, after a Jordanian magistrate’s court judge was shot dead at the Allenby border crossing earlier in the day.

Israel was due to quickly pass the results of an investigation into the death of Raed Zeiter to Amman, according to Israel Radio.

The IDF maintained on Monday that Zeiter, an ethnic Palestinian who lived in Nablus until 2011, had attacked a soldier and attempted to grab his rifle, an account that Jordanian officials and even some in Israel were finding difficult to swallow.

News of the death sparked angry protests outside the Israeli Embassy in Amman, where about 200 people called for the expulsion of the ambassador and the cancellation of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty.

Riot police try to control several hundred angry Jordanians as they protest in front of the Israeli Embassy, demanding the ambassador's expulsion, in Amman, Jordan, on March 10, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
Riot police try to control several hundred angry Jordanians as they protest in front of the Israeli Embassy, demanding the ambassador’s expulsion, in Amman, Jordan, on March 10, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

Riot police were able to control the crowds, according to embassy commissioner Haim Assaraf, who told Israel Radio that everyone at the mission was safe. Jordanian media reported earlier that the protesters had attempted to break into the embassy compound, and that staff were trapped inside for hours.

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