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Tens of Jordanians try to break into the Israeli Embassy in Amman

Jordanians express their anger towards the recent attacks carried out by Israel on the Gaza strip and Sinai, as they protest outside the Israeli embassy in Jordan calling for the end of the peace treaty

MENA & AFP , Sunday 21 Aug 2011
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Tens of Jordanian youth try to break into the Israeli Embassy in al- Rabiah district of Amman, Saturday evening, in a protest that reached approximately 500 people. They called for ending the peace treaty with Israel, in response to the Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip and the Sinai, killing several Palestinians and Egyptians.

In an effort to control the protests in front of the embassy, the Jordanian security forces created a human shield around the Israeli embassy, yet the protestors were able to break through. They were able to reach the outskirts of the embassy, as they cut off the path 100 meters from the entrance, as they carried the Jordanian, Palestinian, and Egyptian flags, demanding the government to recall its ambassador to Israel.

The protest started on Saturday evening, as several members of the Jordanian youth movement, as well as, Islamists, nationalists, leftists and independents congregated near the premises of al Kaloti mosque close to the Israeli embassy.

The Jordanian interior minister, Mazen al-Saket visited the scene of the protest near the mosque where he spoke to reporters, stating that he was present to talk to the different groups and to show them that “their message has been received”. The protestors rejected the Interior minister’s statements and continued their sit in.

In a separate statement, the Jordanian government on Sunday urged an “immediate” halt Israeli’s “military escalation” in the Gaza Strip, warning that it threatens regional stability.

"Jordan rejects and condemns Israel's military escalation and operations in Gaza that have killed civilians as well as Egyptian officers," Information Minister Abdullah Abu Rumman said in a statement carried by the state-run Petra news agency.

Jordan, which signed with Israel a 1994 peace treaty, "rejects any acts that target civilians," said Abu Rumman, who also acts as government spokesman.

"The kingdom calls for an immediate halt to this dangerous military escalation in order to avoid repercussions that could threaten the security and stability of the region," Abu Rumman said.

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