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Israel expresses regret over death of Jordanian judge, announces joint investigation

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    Jordanian protesters shout slogans across the street from the Israeli embassy and demand the deportation of the Israeli ambassador after the killing of Jordanian judge Raed Zueter, 38, at Allenby crossing between Jordan and the West Bank, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, March 10, 2014. Israeli guards shot and killed the Jordanian judge on Monday who the Israelis said tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)The Associated Press

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    A Jordanian protester shouts slogans across the street from the Israeli embassy demanding the deportation of the Israeli ambassador after the killing of Jordanian judge Raed Zueter, 38, at Allenby crossing between Jordan and the West Bank, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, March 10, 2014. Israeli guards shot and killed a Jordanian judge on Monday who the Israelis said tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)The Associated Press

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    Jordanian anti-riot police form a chain at the entrance of a street that leads to the Israeli embassy, as Jordanian protesters shout slogans across the street from the Israeli embassy demanding the deportation of the Israeli ambassador after the killing of Jordanian judge Raed Zueter, 38, at Allenby crossing between Jordan and the West Bank, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, March 10, 2014. Israeli guards shot and killed a Jordanian judge on Monday who the Israelis said tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)The Associated Press

Israel prime minister has expressed sorrow over the shooting death of a Jordanian judge and launched a joint investigation with Jordan.

Israel's military says that guards killed the judge on Monday after he tried to grab a rifle from a soldier at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. Israel and Jordan have been at peace for 20 years, and violence at the border crossing is rare. The shooting sparked anti-Israel demonstrations in Jordan.

In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said, "Israel regrets the death of Judge Raed Zueter... and expresses its sympathies to the people and government of Jordan."

It said Israel has shared the results of a preliminary investigation with Jordan, and agreed to a Jordanian request to establish a joint investigation.