Jordanian Anti-riot Police Disperses Demonstrations near Israeli Embassy
By Jihad Abu Falah
Jordan’s anti-riot police were using force to disperse a demonstration in the Rabia suburb, west Amman, where the Israeli embassy is located.
The police used tear gas grenades, batons, dogs and water to drive back the angry crowds, who were chanting anti-Israeli slogans while attempting to reach the tightly guarded embassy.
The demonstration was still continuing hours after it broke out soon after the Friday prayers.
The rally is an episode in a series of protests in Jordan since the eruption of violence in Palestine a week ago.
Albawaba.com correspondent said that the police forced journalists covering the violent event to give in the films they shot at the site.
Meanwhile, more demonstrations were underway in other parts of the capital and in cities of the kingdom following Friday prayers.
Eyewitnesses said that Palestinian refugees in Wehdat and Baqaa set out from mosques after Friday prayers to show support for the Palestinian people who have been fighting a bitter battle with the Israeli security forces since September 28.
Witnesses also said that the city of Salt was a stage for further rallies in solidarity with the Palestinians. No clashes were reported in the city.
In general, protestors demanded that Jordan expel the Israeli ambassador in Amman, recall envoy to Tel Aviv and abolish the 1994 Wadi Araba peace treaty with Israel.
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