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Detained Following Police Lockdown Gaza Camp "Video"


[10/9/2013 10:37:40 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A peaceful protest has been scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. near Gaza Camp to contest the detainment of at least 14 camp residents following riots in Gaza Camp for the Palestinian refugees nearby the northern city of Jerash.

Following the lockdown of the camp by Jordanian police last weekend, sources within the camp reported that many residents had been arrested. According to Amir Saied from the Jordan Press Center, the police have arrested fourteen residents.

Camp residents have claimed that the actual number of those missing is much higher.

Last Thursday, October 3rd, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a conflict occurred in Gaza Camp, eight kilometers outside of Jerash, between several residents of the camp and the adjacent Al Hadada neighborhood to the west.

The tribal altercation between the two parties escalated into a full lockdown of the area by Jordanian police in order to control the combatants. Eyewitnesses reported that Jordanian residents of Al Hadada vacated the area, the violence shifted between Jordanian police forces and Palestinian residents of Gaza Camp.

Camp residents threw rocks at the police and demanded that they cease their occupation of the main street, to which the police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. A number of stores and cars were looted and burned as a result of the initial clash. Fighting continued between police and residents, with the Jordanian Police forces employing tear gas and rubber bullets both on the main street and within residential areas until 4:00 a.m.

The police presence intensified on Friday morning with the addition of armed trucks and armed personal carriers. Local businesses were not permitted to open, and checkpoints were set up at the camp entrances, where officers did not allow those without ID cards to enter the camp.

Skirmishes between Anti-riots police and residents of Gaza Camp resumed again at 12:15 p.m., nearly twelve hours after the original conflict between residents of Al Hadada and Gaza Camp had ended. An eyewitness said that the afternoon prayer at Abu Bakir mosque was interrupted by tear gas, and worshippers were driven the main street. At several times, police entered the residential streets with tear gas launchers, riot shields, and rubber bullets, engaging those who refused to go indoors.

By 10:30 p.m. Friday evening, the fighting mostly ceased. Eyewitnesses reported that the police limited their presence to the easternmost section of the camp, but continued to arrest those found out on the streets.

Police cordoned Gaza Camp by this past weekend lasted approximately forty hours. No casualties were confirmed, but many residents were injured by the officers' fire. The tear gas also caused a significant amount of discomfort as it spread inside residential homes throughout the day and a half long conflict. Spent canisters of tear gas found in the camp indicate that they were deployed after their expiration date.

Fire and damage was also inflicted upon the infrastructure and properties within the camp.
“Police cars have returned to the camp every day this week,” a source within the camp stated today. “They are still arresting more people.”

While only 14 arrests have been confirmed, residents have claimed at least 20 have been detained, with some estimates as high as 100. The current charges include assault of police officers and the destruction of property.

The peaceful protest for the release of the Gaza Camp detainees, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. near the camp, is expected to draw a large crowd.

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  • 1 S.Davis 10/9/2013 10:59:58 AM

    Thank you Ammon News for publishing what the Jordan Times refused to publish, the truth. Everyone please share this medium where strong principles of journalism still exist in Jordan, here in the Ammon News. Al Hamdulilah

  • 2 jordan 10/9/2013 11:56:07 AM

    this news is not true and you want to create confusion

  • 3 S. Davis 10/10/2013 11:00:47 PM

    To Jordan,

    In the name of Allah, the most compassionate and merciful. I can swear on my soul, and let it damned to eternity if I lie with no forgiveness even if I beg Allah, I have evidence and testimonies, much and many, to prove the facts above to be true.

    If you are able to provide your evidence, we may meet at any time to compare, anywhere. If you do not possess such evidence, you lashed out with accusations without the honor to hold your tongue. It seems you need forgiveness more.

  • 4 D. Luna Freedom 10/11/2013 6:51:47 AM

    First of all I would thank you Ammon News for covering this issue that has happen at the Gaza Camp. A time as come for people to speak out about the many suffering from all over the world where Palestinians have and are suffering from not being able to be in their homeland.

    @Jordan I will agree to disagree with your statement of this issue not being true. My statement and comments come from first hand facts I myself have interviewed and see for my self. Expired tear gas and child arrest also.

  • 5 Flying Eyeball 10/21/2013 5:51:12 AM

    Oh who cares if we cant blame it on the Jews.

  • 6 koya 10/21/2013 12:17:14 PM

    Flying Eyeball
    There are no Jews in Jordan ,educate yourself

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