Israel Jordan ambassador evacuated over protest fears

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011
Jordan's King Abdullah II

Jordan's King Abdullah II

The Israeli Prime Minister has ordered the evacuation of the embassy in Jordan.

Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement came amidst fears about possible violent anti-Israel protests at the Amman embassy.

Although Israeli diplomatic staff leave Jordan every weekend, the Prime Minister took the decision to have vacate the embassy early. A Facebook group planning a demonstration at the embassy has already attracted 3,000 supporters.

Last Friday, the Israeli ambassador to Egypt had to be flown out of the country after a violent mob stormed the complex.

Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994 and have enjoyed largely peaceful relations in recent years.

Last updated: 9:57pm, September 14 2011