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The BBC's Barbara Plett, in Amman
"There are fears that violence in the Palestianian territiories is spreading beyond Isreal's borders"
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Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 14:01 GMT
Israeli diplomat shot in Jordan
Yoram Havivian
Mr Havivian was hit in the leg and hand
An Israeli diplomat has been shot and wounded in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

Embassy vice-consul Yoram Havivian was fired at as he was getting into his car, Israeli officials say.

He was hit in the hand and leg but a Foreign Ministry spokesman in Jerusalem said his life was not in danger.

Two groups claimed that they had carried out the attack.

A previously unknown group, the Movement for the Struggle of the Jordanian Islamic Resistance, faxed a statement to the Agence France Presse agency's office in Beirut.

And Qatari al-Jazeera TV said that it had been contacted by a group calling itself the Mujahid Ahmad al-Daqamisah, after a Jordanian who shot dead seven Israeli children three years ago.

Palestinian refugees in Jordan
There are many Palestinian refugees in Jordan
The second group said they would carry out further attacks unless Jordan severed diplomatic relations with Israel.

The Israelis say they are receiving full co-operation from the Jordanian authorities in the investigation.

Mr Havivian, who was not alone in the car, came under fire near his home in the affluent Rabieh district in the western part of the capital.

Witnesses in the area reported hearing "several bursts" of gunfire while others said it was machine-gun fire.

Hostility to Israel

BBC Amman correspondent Barbara Plett says that although Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994 it has never been popular among the people.

Many in Jordan are Palestinian refugees displaced by the Arab-Israeli wars.

They have become increasingly hostile towards Israel since the start of the Palestinian uprising at the end of September.

Security forces have prevented demonstrators from marching on the embassy several times.

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