Riots renew in governorates, 14 arrested in Jerash

 
2010-11-11  
 
AMMONNEWS – Police on Thursday arrested 14 people in the town of Raymoun in Jerash governorate for their participation in riots and violence.

A security source told Ammon News that the young men arrested had set tires on fire, threw rocks and stones at passerbys and police, and attempted to burn electricity poles to cause electricity outages in the governorate.

The men arrested will be referred to the State Security Court (SSC), the security source said.

Riots and violence renewed on Thursday in the town of Kufranja in Ajloun governorate, northern Jordan, after clashes erupted between supporters of two parliamentary candidates.

Eyewitnesses in the area told Ammon News that the riots renewed and are still ongoing in Kufranja as of Thursday night. Gunshots were exchanged and rioters stormed residences and businesses and vandalized public and private property.

Police used tear gas to disperse the rioters, and Gendarmerie anti-riot forces intensified their presence in the area to contain the violence.

In Deir Alla, in Al Balqaa governorate (north of Amman), riots and clashes erupted as well between supporters of a deputy-elect and a candidate who did not win in the elections.

Vandalism of public and private property is ongoing there, eyewitnesses told Ammon News, as rioters blockaded the main road and set tires on fire on Dirar Ibn Al Azwar Bridge.

The main road linking Al Balqaa governorate with Irbid was also blocked by rioters.

Security and Gendarmerie forces intensified their presence in the area and used tear gas to disperse the crowds.

In Irbid, northern Jordan, clashes erupted in the town of Sal, causing security forces to interfere and use tear gas to disperse the rioters.

Press Spokesperson of the Public Security Directorate (PSD) Lt. Colonel Muhammad Khatib stressed that security and gendarmerie forces are reinforcing their presence in all hot areas, noting that police have arrested several people involved in violent acts.

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