The move reflected concern about a possible repeat of an incident last Friday in Cairo, in which protesters attacked the Israeli Embassy and Israel’s ambassador in Egypt and his staff were airlifted back to Israel. After intervention from U.S. officials, Egyptian commandos extricated six Israeli security personnel who were trapped in the embassy.

A foreign ministry spokesman in Jerusalem said that Daniel Nevo, Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, and his staff normally return to Israel from Amman on Thursdays for routine weekend leave, ahead of the Muslim Sabbath.

Because of the protest planned for Thursday, they left in a convoy a day earlier.