Riots in Amman after shooting of Jordanian citizen who attacked Israeli soldier

The Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. A Jordanian citizen who attacked an Israeli soldier was killed at the crossing Monday. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Riots broke out in Amman following Monday’s incident in which a Jordanian citizen was shot and killed at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan after he apparently attacked an Israeli soldier and tried to take his rifle.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, an Engineering Corps soldier first shot the Jordanian attacker in the lower part of his body, and later fired another shot.

The IDF said a preliminary investigation found that the attacker charged at soldiers with a metal pole while shouting “Allah Akbar” and then attempted to grab a soldier’s weapon.

After being shot in the lower part of his body, the attacker began to strangle a soldier, prompting further fire that resulted in the attacker’s death, according to the IDF.

Jordanian media reported that the Jordanian who was killed was Raed Alaa el-Deen Za’eiter, an Amman judge of Palestinian origin. Za’eiter was reportedly on his way to visit family in Nablus at the time of the shooting.

"Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zeiter yesterday at the King Hussein (Allenby) bridge and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

"In light of our commitment to the [Jordanian-Israeli] peace treaty, Israel has already shared with Jordan the results of its preliminary investigation of the incident," the statement added. "Israel has also agreed to a Jordanian request to establish a joint Israeli-Jordanian team to complete the investigation." 

Posted on March 11, 2014 .