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Israel 'to close embassy and consulate' in Turkey after Jordan incident

Israel has ordered the closure of its embassy and consulate in Turkey [Getty]

Date of publication: 24 July, 2017

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Israel's Foreign Ministry has reportedly ordered the closure of its embassy and consulate in Turkey as a "precaution" after an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians in Amman.
Israel has reportedly closed its embassy and consulate in Turkey amid rising tensions over the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry ordered the closure of its embassy in Anakara and consulate in Istanbul as as a "precautionary" measure, Israeli news website NRG reported, citing a political source.

The ministry has not yet released an official statement, and has not responded to a request for comment.

The move comes after an Israeli embassy guard shot dead a teenage Jordanian who allegedly attacked him with a screwdriver at the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday night, while a second Jordanian doctor was killed "accidentally".

Israeli media has said Jordan has demanded to conduct an investigation and has prevented Israeli embassy staff from leaving the premises.

Israel's foreign ministry has not elaborated on the demands, but said the guard has diplomatic immunity, according to international conventions.

Turkish President Erdogan on Saturday denounced the "excessive" use of force by Israeli security forces in the deadly Jerusalem and West Bank clashes.

"I condemn Israel's insistence on its position despite all warnings... and the excessive use of force by Israeli forces against our brothers gathered for Friday prayers," he said in a statement.

Turkey made peace with Israel in June last year after bilateral ties deteriorated over the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed 10 Turkish activists.

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