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UN alarmed by deadly Syrian protest in Jordan camp

April 6, 2014
Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Nations says it is alarmed at "violent nature" of a demonstration in a massive Syrian refugee camp in Jordan that killed one person and wounded dozens.

The U.N. refugee agency says a "heated demonstration" in Jordan's sprawling Zaatari refugee camp Saturday turned to "a violent one" after hundreds, possibly thousands of refugees started throwing rocks at a police post. The agency said Sunday 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 U.N. says police fired tear gas and there were reports of live ammunition being used. They say 28 Jordanian policemen were wounded.

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



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