Israel frees 2 Jordanians who infiltrated country last month, armed with knives

Jordan’s foreign ministry says that two Jordanians arrested in Israel in May were repatriated on Tuesday, after charges against them were dropped by the Jewish state.

“The Israeli authorities have decided to withdraw the charges against Jordanian citizens Mussab Daajah and Khalifa Onouz and end their arrest,” the Jordanian ministry says in an initial statement.

The ministry says a few hours later that it had “received” the two Jordanian nationals “after they were released by Israel today.”

A statement from Israel’s internal security agency says the two were caught in northern Israel on May 16 with knives and ropes.

“From their investigation, it emerged that they planned on reaching Jerusalem and carrying out a stabbing attack against soldiers in the area of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound,” the Shin Bet says in a statement.

Israel’s decision not to prosecute the Jordanian suspects and to release them instead was “part of the security and diplomatic reciprocity between Israel and Jordan,” the Shin Bet says.

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