Middle East

Thousands protest Israel’s war on Gaza in Jordanian capital

From CNN’s Celine Alkhaldi

Thousands of people gathered near the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital of Amman Friday night for a sixth night of protest against Israel’s incursion into Gaza.

Dozens of anti-riot police pushed back some protestors as they advanced towards the Israeli Embassy, calling on Jordan to close the embassy and cancel its peace treaty.

“Revolutionary violence is the answer,” chanted a group of people gathered at the Al Kalouti square, a few hundred meters away from the embassy.

Some expressed support for Palestinian groups, chanting slogans in support of Hamas the group’s key figures, including Yahya Sinwar – the man Israel accused of masterminding the October 7 terror attack that killed about 1,200 people.

Since October 7, Jordan has seen some of the Middle East’s largest outpourings of public anger at the violence in Gaza. Many Jordanians are of Palestinian origin.

Jordanian authorities have said peaceful protests are permitted but that they would not tolerate any efforts to create disorder.

Heavy security is always present at these demonstrations, to curb the number of protestors. In some cases, anti-riot police have fired tear gas and beat protestors with batons to stop them from storming the Israeli embassy.

The area around the Israeli embassy in Amman has historically been used for demonstrations whenever violence between Palestinians and Israel escalates.

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