Palestinians carry the body of Raed Zeiter, 38, during his funeral in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on March 11, 2014, a day after he was shot dead by the Israeli military. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Israel expressed "regret" Tuesday over the shooting of a Jordanian judge at a border crossing, but its army insisted he had attacked soldiers and tried to grab a gun.The shooting on Monday set off a diplomatic row between Israel and Amman -- which signed a peace treaty 20 years ago -- with Jordan's prime minister saying Israel is "completely responsible" and demanding an apology for the "hideous" shooting. The Israeli army said 38-year-old Raed Zeiter, a Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship who worked as a judge in Amman, had charged at the soldiers with a metal pole while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), prompting them to fire at his legs. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights disputed the army's account, saying one of the soldiers pushed Zeiter after he had disembarked from a bus with other passengers so that Israeli soldiers could search it.Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur said the Israeli government was "completely responsible" for the "hideous crime".
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