The Jordanian foreign ministry has condemned the killing of a Jordanian citizen who allegedly tried to stab Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem on Friday.
Said Amro was shot by Israeli security forces at the Damascus Gate after he charged at the officers while waving knives, the police said. The foreign ministry in Amman called the killing "deliberate," "barbaric and unjustified."
Israeli Border Police said Amro arrived at Damascus Gate from inside the Old City and waved a knife in each hand while yelling "Allahu akbar" before he was shot and killed. In a search of his body, the Border Police found an additional knife. A witness told Haaretz that the officers suspected the youth and asked him to lift his shirt. At that point, he yelled "Allahu akbar" and was shot by one of the border policemen, said the witness, who added that he had not seen Amro actually attack anyone with the knives.
A spokeswoman for the Jordanian foreign ministry, Sabah Rifai, said her government does not accept the Israeli claim that Amro was trying to carry out a stabbing attack, particularly in light of a statement by the Israel Police, which said that none of the Israeli security personnel were injured. The Jordanian ministry said it would be closely monitoring the Israeli investigation of the incident and would arrange to have Amro's body returned to his family in Jordan.
Amro entered Israel on Thursday as a member of a group of Jordanians planning on touring Jerusalem. Jordanian news outlets have reported that dozens of people demonstrated on Friday and Saturday at the entrance to Amro's hometown of Al-Maghrair in the Kerak district, east of the Dead Sea. They demanded the return of his body and blocked access to the road for hours until they were assured that the Jordanian government was dealing with the matter.