Israel sent Jordan video footage of Friday’s attempted stabbing of a policewoman at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, as proof, after the Kingdom’s Foreign Ministry, the Muslim Brotherhood and the terrorist’s family all condemned the shooting of Sayid Amro as unprovoked & intentional.
Footage was released on Sunday from security cameras installed at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City capturing Friday’s attempted attack against Israeli security forces.
According to Israel’s Channel 2 news, Israel has given the footage to Jordanian authorities after Amman condemned the killing of one of its nationals by calling it a “barbaric act”.
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A female officer shot dead 28-year-old Saeed Amro on Friday after he tried to stab her at the Damascus Gate, the main entrance used by Palestinians to enter Jerusalem’s Old City.
A spokeswoman for the Jordanian foreign ministry denounced “the barbaric act of the army of the Israeli occupation, whose premeditated shooting of the Jordanian Saeed Amro… killed him on the spot”.
Jordan had expressed doubt’s over Israel’s version of events, saying that Amro was just a tourist.
“Amro was part of a group of tourists who had entered the Palestinian territories on Thursday to visit Jerusalem,” spokeswoman Sabah Refai said.
The video shows Amro approaching a group of soldiers at the gate. As he gets closer, he is seen pulling an object either from his back pocket or waistband.
Amro then raises his arm over his head, holding what appears to be a knife, and attempts to stab the soldier standing nearest him. After trying to stab the police woman he is shot.
As he charges towards the officers, civilians in the area turn and flee.
Police said three knives were discovered during a search of the would-be-assailant’s body.
The Times of Israel news site reported that Israel returned Amro’s body to the Jordanian authorities Sunday at the Allenby border crossing.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu anticipating a spike in violence ahead of the the upcoming holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new year), Yom Kippur (day of atonement) and Sukkot, ordered police forces to be strengthened, especially in the Old City and the Temple Mount.
Additionally, Netanyahu instructed Knesset members not to visit the flashpoint Temple Mount, known as the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to Muslims, and said that plans would be implemented to fight Palestinian incitement on social media.
Clashes have often erupted at the site in recent years, over fears that Israel is plotting to change rules which currently state that Muslims can pray there, while Jews can visit but are not allowed to pray. Israel has vowed repeatedly to maintain this status quo.
Israel has in the past limited Muslim access to al-Aqsa Mosque on the site, especially in times of heightened tension and around important holidays.
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