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Israeli citizen stands trial in Jordan as tensions simmer

Jordanian-Israeli relations have grown increasingly tense as Jordan tries an Israeli accused to illegally crossing the border and holds a military exercise simulating an Israeli invasion.
Israeli Konstantin Kotov stands in the defendants's cage next to a translator (R) during his trial in Amman on December 2, 2019. - Kotov,  was arrested in neighbouring Jordan a month ago, is on trial for "illegal entry into the territory of the kingdom (Jordan) and possession of drugs for consumption," officials said. Illegal entry into Jordan is punishable by up to one year in prison, while possession of drugs carries a penalty of up to three. Kotov's arrest comes amid a cooling of ties between Israel and
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AMMAN — The trial of Israeli citizen Konstantin Kotov started Dec. 2 in the State Security Court of Jordan. He stands charged with crossing illegally into Jordanian territory last October.

It was not the first time Israelis have crossed the border to Jordan or vice versa. Those caught are usually handed back to their country of origin by tacit agreement. Last July, Israel delivered a Jordanian citizen who had crossed into Jordan by mistake. In January, Jordan handed back an Israeli citizen who entered the city of Aqaba by boat from Eilat.

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