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Jordanian protesters try to storm Israeli embassy in Amman

More than 2,000 pro-Hamas Jordanians marched on the Israeli diplomatic mission for the third consecutive day.

Jamal Abdul Nasser Circle in Amman, Jordan. Credit: Tareq Ibrahim Hadi via Wikimedia Commons.
Jamal Abdul Nasser Circle in Amman, Jordan. Credit: Tareq Ibrahim Hadi via Wikimedia Commons.

Jordanian police clashed on Tuesday night in Amman with pro-Hamas protesters attempting to storm the Israeli embassy in the capital, Reuters reported.

More than 2,000 Jordanians gathered in the city for a third successive day of marches converging on the Israeli diplomatic mission.

Baton-wielding riot police pushed back the demonstrators, some of whom chanted, “Oh Hamas…All of Jordan’s people are behind you.”

Dozens of protesters were reportedly arrested.

Israel’s embassy in Jordan was evacuated at the beginning of the war in October on the order of then-Foreign Minister Eli Cohen. Israel also told its citizens to immediately leave Jordan over concerns Jews could be attacked there due to the conflict with Hamas.

Israel denounced as “despicable” a Jordanian resolution the U.N.  General Assembly approved on Oct. 27 calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza but making no mention of Hamas or the fact that the Islamist terrorist organization is holding Israeli hostages in the Strip.

Jerusalem and Amman signed a peace treaty in 1994, but it remains near-universally unpopular among Jordanians.

An estimated 70% of Jordan’s 12 million citizens are Palestinian.

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