Health Minister: 6 remain in hospital following Friday's Qwaismeh Violence

[11-12-2010 12:00 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - Amal Ghabayen - A number of relatives of injured fans admitted into Al Bashir Hospital attempted to attack Minister of Health Mahmoud Al Sheyyab, who arrived at the hospital to check up on the injured fans following the riots and violence that erupted following the match between Al Faisali and Al Wehdat Friday evening.

Crowds gathering outside the hospital attacked and vandalized the glass windows of the Surgery Wing of Al Bashir state-run hospital.

To that, Minister of Health Al Sheyyab stressed that the majority of inured fans admitted into various hospitals following the regretful events were released from the hospital, noting that only 6 remain in the hospital, and are in stable conditions.

Al Sheyyab denied that any deaths occurred during the stampede.

He noted that around 140 injuries were treated at the hospitals, including Al Bashir, Al Totunji, The Palestinian Red Crescent, and Prince Hamzeh Hospitals.

Security forces resorted to using tear gas at the emergency entrance of Al Bashir Hospital to disperse crowds, MP Salah Maharmeh said.

Maharmeh noted that he visited a number of injured fans in the hospital, who stressed to him that the regrettable events started when a group of people from outside the field started throwing rocks at fans inside the stadium, causing the latter to retaliate.

He added that Gendarmerie forces intervened to stop the exchange of rock-throwing between the two sides, which caused a stampede as fans were attempting to escape the blows of Gendarmerie sticks.

The stampede and fans crowding led to a collapse of a fence separating fans from the playing field.

A security source stressed that no deaths were reported as a result of the events on Friday evening.

A number of parliamentary deputies and officials arrived at the hospital to check on the injured fans.

Meanwhile, a government source told Ammon News that over 30 members of the Gendarmerie forces were also admitted into the hospital suffering from various injuries as a result of the riots that took place following the game.

Most of the Gendarmerie injured personnel were released from the hospital, while a few remain in stable condition.

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