Jordanian police used tear gas at Islamist protesters Friday after six officers were stabbed and seriously injured, as more than 1,000 people demonstrated in Amman, demanding reforms and the ouster of the cabinet. "Forty policemen were injured, including six stabbed, as they tried to disperse a demonstration by Islamist Salafists in Zarqa," Khatib was quoted as saying by AFP.
Khatib said police "had to fire tear gas after a group of Islamist Salafists attacked some citizens following their demonstration in Zarqa, accusing them of being atheists." News websites said dozens of Islamist protesters were injured in the clashes.
Earlier in Amman, more than 1,000 people protested after prayers, demanding "regime reforms," Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit's ouster and the dissolution of parliament.
The demonstration was organised by the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), as well as leftist and other opposition parties.