Israelis shoot, kill Jordanian judge at border

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli guards shot and killed a Jordanian judge on Monday who the Israelis said tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.

In a separate incident in the evening, Palestinian police said an Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian who was throwing rocks at Israeli cars in the West Bank.

The first shooting took place at the Allenby crossing as the man was going from Jordan into the West Bank, the Israeli army said.

The man was initially identified as a Palestinian but a Jordanian judicial official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, later confirmed that he was a judge working in Amman since 2009. The man killed was identified as magistrate Raed Zueter.

"The terrorist ran toward soldiers yelling 'Allahu akbar' attempting to seize their weapons," the Israeli military said. "The soldiers felt an immediate threat to their lives and fired toward his lower extremities. The suspect then began to strangle a soldier and the force resorted to firing again."

Shootings at the Allenby crossing on the West Bank-Jordan border are rare. Israel and Jordan signed a peace agreement 20 years ago and have close security ties.

The border terminal is operated jointly by Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. It is the main border crossing for Palestinians from the West Bank traveling to neighboring Jordan and beyond, and it is a crossing point for goods between Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

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