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Israel evacuates Jordanian embassy ahead of protest

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September 15, 2011 | 9:20 am

Protesters shout anti U.S. and Israeli slogans outside the U.S. embassy in Amman on Sept. 14.  Photo by REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Protesters shout anti U.S. and Israeli slogans outside the U.S. embassy in Amman on Sept. 14. Photo by REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Israel evacuated its embassy in Jordan, amid fears that a planned anti-Israel protest could turn violent.

The ambassador and staff of the embassy, located in Amman, returned to Israel Wednesday night. Jordanian activists have called for a “million man march” against the embassy for Thursday. The protest was organized on Facebook. A similar demonstration in Egypt lead to the evacuation a week ago of Israel’s embassy in Cairo and the emergency rescue of several members of the embassy’s security staff.

The staff of Israel’s Jordanian embassy regularly return to their homes in Israel on Thursday for the weekend. Their families reside in Israel. The evacuation order sent them home one day earlier, with plans to return on Sunday, according to reports.

Security near the embassy reportedly has been increased.

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