Israel evacuates embassy in Jordan ahead of protests

Israel tells diplomats in Amman to come home as Facebook page calls for protest under the banner:”No Zionist embassy on Jordanian territory”; decision comes days after protesters storm mission in Cairo.

Israel evacuated its embassy in Jordan Wednesday evening, hours before a  Facebook organized march under the banner (in Arabic) of “No Zionist embassy on  Jordanian territory.

Unlike in Egypt, where diplomats lived  with their families, in Amman the Israeli delegation serves without  their families, and comes home for weekends.

The decision came just days after the 13-hour rampageat the Israeli embassy in Cairo, during which six  security guards locked themselves behind a steel door while mobs  ransacked the embassy.

Egyptian commandos rescued those six  security guards from the Cairo embassy, as protesters broke into  archives and threw documents from the building’s windows into the street below where demonstrators were celebrating.

The government has  said that Israel would respect the peace treaty with Egypt, and was  determined to return its envoy as soon as possible.

( / 14.09.2011)

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