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Israeli ambassador back in Jordan

Jordanian anti-riot police vehicles stage near the Israeli embassy premises, in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. (Nader Daoud/AP)

Israel’s ambassador to Jordan returned to his post Friday, two days after he and his staff were brought back to Israel ahead of a planned march on the Israeli embassy.

The protest Thursday, in which demonstrators demanded the expulsion of the ambassador, drew only about 200 people and was kept well away from the embassy building by a tight cordon of Jordanian police.

The ambassador, Daniel Nevo, who routinely returns home with his staff on weekends, was back in Amman because it was his turn to serve as duty officer Friday and Saturday, said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

Nevo and his staff traveled back to Israel in a convoy Wednesday night, a day ahead of schedule, because of concerns that protesters in Amman might storm the embassy compound after the ransacking of the Israeli embassy in Cairo by protesters last Friday.

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