Ya'alon apologizes to Jordan over killing of Jordanian citizen

March 17, 2014 17:29


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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon sent a letter to the Jordanian parliament in recent days expressing sorrow over an incident on Allenby Bridge in which a Jordanian citizen was killed after attacking IDF soldiers.

In the letter, addressed to the Jordanian government, Ya'alon expressed "deep sorrow" over the incident. The IDF is expected to complete its investigation into the incident in the coming days and present its findings to the Jordanian military.An initial inquiry held last week by Israeli security services found that Raed Za'eiter, a Nablus-born jurist and magistrate's court judge in Jordan, shouted, "Allahu akbar" while charging IDF troops at the terminal.

According to a joint probe by the IDF, the Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Za'eiter, who had Jordanian citizenship, attempted to snatch the rifle of one of the soldiers.

Feeling their lives to be in danger, the soldiers acted in accordance with the rules of engagement and fired at the man's legs, the inquiry found.

Za'eiter then continued attacking the soldiers with a metal pole before he was shot again, this time fatally.

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