January 13, 2009 / 8:12 AM / 11 years ago

Israeli troops shot at from Jordan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops at a border crossing with Jordan came under fire Tuesday, but no one was hurt, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

“Troops were fired upon from the Jordanian side of the border. It was unclear who the gunmen were,” the spokeswoman said about the incident, which came 18 days into Israel’s Gaza offensive.

The troops, who were stationed at the Arava border crossing with Jordan in southern Israel, returned fire, the spokeswoman said.

Israeli troops in the Golan Heights had come under fire from Syria Sunday.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with the Jewish state in 1994, becoming the second Arab state to do so, after Egypt.

Most of Jordan’s 5 million citizens are of Palestinian origin, they or their parents having been expelled or fled to Jordan in the fighting that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948.

Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets to protest Israel’s military operation against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has killed at least 925 Palestinians.

Israel’s Border Police opened an investigation into the shooting.

Writing by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Matthew Jones

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