Jordanian man shot dead after allegedly ‘infiltrating’ Israeli border

Published July 10th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Israeli soldiers patrol the border with Jordan. (AFP/File)
Israeli soldiers patrol the border with Jordan. (AFP/File)

Jordan is following up with Israeli authorities on the case of the Jordanian who reportedly infiltrated the border on Friday, a diplomatic source said on Saturday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to comment to The Jordan Times on the identity of the alleged infiltrator, but said that such infiltrations had happened before.  

Agence-France Presse reported on Friday that Israeli forces shot and killed a man who breached the border from Jordan.  

AFP quoted an Israeli army spokesperson as saying that the man, whose nationality and identity were not released, threw stones at passing cars near Afikim settlement in northern Israel.

He then tried to stop and steal a vehicle before being spotted by Israeli forces, who opened fire at him, the army spokesperson told AFP, adding that the man was evacuated to an Israeli hospital.

Israeli news outlets identified the man as Jordanian and reported that an investigation was launched to find out how he crossed the border, adding that the infiltration took place a few kilometres from the border between Israel, Jordan and Syria.

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