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Jordanian lawyers protest outside the Justice Ministry on March 12, 2014.

Jordan says Israel was fully responsible for the fatal shooting of a Palestinian-Jordanian judge at the country’s border crossing with the occupied West Bank.

In a Tuesday address to the parliament, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour called the shooting a hideous crime, for which Israel was “completely responsible”.

“Jordan has pressured Israel to formally apologize. Jordan is now part of the probe into the shooting,” Ensour added.

The 38-years old Jordanian judge identified as Raed Zaytar, who was of Palestinian origin from the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, was shot dead on Monday by Israeli soldiers.

Israeli authorities claim that the judge was shot for trying to grab his weapon after crossing into the occupied West Bank.

Lawyers and judges staged a protest outside the Palace of Justice in the Jordanian capital Amman and called for the deportation of Israeli diplomats.

The body of the slain Palestinian-Jordanian national was buried in Nablus, where hundreds of Palestinians turned out for his funeral.

The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah also strongly condemned the killing, adding it was a “shooting at close range” by Israeli troops.

The West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967. There are hundreds of checkpoints in the West Bank that have made life difficult for Palestinians.

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