Jordan Security Forces Clash South of Capital of Amman

Jordanian police battled young, unemployed demonstrators Thursday morning south of the capital of Amman, with injuries reported for both sides, said witnesses and officials.

Police said three officers were wounded by gunshots during the raid on an outlaw group in the region of Dhiban that is less than 70 kilometers south of Amman. Police were fired upon directly with automatic weapons.

Witnesses at the scene said the confrontations started when police intervened to dismantle a tent forcibly that was being used by young demonstrators for their sit in calling for better economic policies, regional development and jobs.

Witnesses from local media said the protests were very peaceful until the police intervened. A number of the demonstrations also suffered injuries during the fight with police.

According to authorities in Jordan, unemployment has risen for over a year and sat at 14.5% during the first three months of 2016.

Some people have estimated that the figure is nearer to 30%.

Unemployment of the young, like in a number of other Arab countries has been delicately high and is close to 30%.

A spokesperson from the police said officers used tear gas as well as an adequate force to disperse the demonstrations that had sealed off the roads and hurled stones as well as fireworks at nearby station for police.

Law enforcement arrested 22 people.

The spokesperson added that some of the protesters used automatic weapons to fire upon police directly before order could be restored by security forces.

The demonstrators on their Egyptian security force as on high allotment.

Through posts on their Facebook page, the demonstrators posted that calm had been restored after they reached an accord with representatives from the government but no details were given.

They posted video and photos of roads that were blocked using burning tires and of youths in masks throwing stones at police.

The biggest demands of the Dhiban residents are for economic development in the area and for investment to be made in the region so jobs will be created for those living there, said a resident of Dhiban.

Over 50,000 people live in Dhiban and it is considered one of Jordan’s poorest areas. It was where in 2011 larger protests started that had been inspired by the famous Arab Spring but largely were focusing on economic problems.

With the economy in Jordan reeling from the conflicts in neighboring Iraq and Syria, dozens of graduates have held a sit in for the last two months demanding jobs.

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