Middle East

Jordan jails vet for Israel embassy bomb plot

Protesters hold Jordanian and Palestinian flags as they chant slogans during a march against an Israeli police raid on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, after Friday prayers in Amman, Jordan, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Majed Jaber

AMMAN: A court in Jordan on Monday sentenced a veterinary surgeon to three years' hard labor for plotting a suicide car bombing outside the Israeli embassy in Amman.

The verdict was handed down by the state security court, an AFP journalist at the hearing said.

The 54-year-old was arrested in September 2014 after his car exploded in the garage of his house in Irbid province north of the capital.

The charges said that the vet, who had been experimenting with explosives, was planning the attack as a response to Israel's deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip in July and August last year.

Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab states to have signed peace treaties with the Jewish state, in 1994 and 1979 respectively.

 

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