Thursday 25 December 2014

UN alarmed by 'violent' Syria demo

Published 06/04/2014 | 17:02

A Syrian refugee in the Zaatari camp, near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan
A Syrian refugee in the Zaatari camp, near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan

The United Nations has said it is alarmed at the "violent nature" of a demonstration in a massive Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

One person died during the protest while dozens were wounded.

The UN refugee agency said a "heated demonstration" in Jordan's sprawling Zaatari refugee camp on Saturday turned to "a violent one" after hundreds, possibly thousands of refugees started throwing rocks at a police post.

The agency said that the protest started over a refugee family being held there after police detained them and a driver who tried to smuggle them out of the camp.

The UN said police fired tear gas and there were reports of live ammunition being used.

It said 28 Jordanian policemen were wounded.

Jordan is home to 588,979 registered Syrians refugees, most of them in Zaatari.

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