Police officer killed in Jordan as anger over gas costs spreads | Information
Clashes broke out between police and locals in a number of Jordanian cities, together with Maan, the place the officer was killed.
One senior police officer has been killed in clashes with demonstrators within the southern Jordanian metropolis of Maan throughout protests over excessive gas costs that unfold to a number of cities throughout the dominion, police and witnesses stated.
In an announcement, police stated the officer was shot within the head late on Thursday whereas coping with “rioting” by a gaggle of outlaws within the metropolis that has previously seen bouts of civil unrest over gas value hikes and cuts to subsidies.
“We are going to strike with an iron fist anybody who tries to assault lives and property,” the police assertion added.
A police supply had earlier stated the officer was shot by unknown assailants throughout clashes within the Husseiniya space of Maan. 4 different policemen had been injured, the supply stated.
Witnesses stated a protracted convoy of armoured autos was seen getting into Maan as reinforcements had been despatched to the neighbourhood the place the police officer was killed.
Youths had clashed with police in a number of neighbourhoods of town and within the closely populated industrial metropolis of Zarqa, northeast of the capital, Amman, witnesses stated.
Anti-riot police fired tear fuel within the Jabal al-Abyad neighbourhood of Zarqa to interrupt up protests that broke out in Jordan’s second most populous metropolis.
Witnesses stated dozens of youths additionally staged a protest within the Tafiyla neighbourhood of the capital, the place police chased demonstrators who had been chanting anti-government slogans.
Youths burned tyres on a principal freeway between the capital and the Lifeless Sea, disrupting visitors, witnesses stated.
Within the north of the nation close to the border with Syria, youths clashed with police in a number of neighbourhoods in Irbid, the nation’s third-largest metropolis by inhabitants.
Sporadic skirmishes unfold to different smaller cities within the neighborhood the place police used tear fuel to disperse stone-throwing youths.
The USA embassy issued a safety alert saying US authorities personnel had been restricted from private and official journey to southern Jordan.
Tensions have been mounting in Maan and a number of other cities in southern Jordan after days of sporadic strikes by truck drivers protesting in opposition to excessive gas costs.
The federal government has promised to look into the strikers’ calls for however has stated it has already paid greater than 500 million dinars ($700m) to cap gas value hikes this 12 months.
Officers say they can’t spend extra to subsidise costs due to limits in place below an Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF)-backed structural economic reform programme.
Outlets in Maan and a number of other different Jordanian provincial cities shut on Wednesday in solidarity with calls for the federal government cut back diesel costs, which truck drivers blame for his or her mounting losses.
Some activist strikers have threatened to stage avenue protests in provincial cities on Friday. Police tightened safety close to the seat of presidency in central Amman, the place protesters historically collect.