Interior Ministry: 63 Jordanian Police Hurt in Clashes with Demonstrators
A total of 63 Jordanian police were hurt in clashes with anti-Israeli protesters last week in Jordan, Interior Minister, Awad Khleifat, told a press conference on Tuesday.
Khleifat, who is also deputy prime minister, said that 70 vehicles, including 31 belonging to the police and civil defense forces, were damaged in the clashes.
He reiterated that an 18-year-old Palestinian man shot dead as police put down a protest inside a Palestinian camp on Friday was killed by bullets fired from a Kalashnikov assault rifle, "which is not used" by the police".
"This kind of weapon is not used at all by the Jordanian security forces ... and anti-riot police carry no firearms. They are only equipped with clubs, shields, helmets and tear gas grenades," Khleifat said.
An investigation into the death of the Palestinian teenager was referred to prosecution services, Khleifat added.
The Jordanian government banned anti-Israeli protests from taking place after Friday's severe clashes in Baqaa camp and near the Israeli embassy in Amman, after accusing some demonstrators of engaging in "sabotage".
Around 300 protests and rallies took place in Amman and major Jordanian towns last week to denounce Israeli violence against the Palestinian people - AMMAN (AFP)
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