Security Forces Clash With Pro-Palestinian Protesters in Jordan, Video Shows

Security forces clashed with large crowds of pro-Palestinian protesters near Israel’s embassy in the Jordanian capital on Tuesday night, video recorded by The Associated Press and Reuters showed.

It was the third consecutive day that demonstrations in support of Palestinians under Israeli bombardment in Gaza have taken place near the embassy in Amman, Jordan’s capital.

The protesters carried Palestinian flags and marched toward the embassy, chanting “betrayal” in Arabic and calling on Jordan’s government to cancel its agreements with Israel.

Footage showed the security forces dispersing the crowds and arresting protesters.

Israel and Jordan maintain a crucial regional alliance, and the kingdom is the custodian of the Aqsa compound in Jerusalem, a key holy site that is often a source of disputes and conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

But more than 2.3 million registered Palestinian refugees live in Jordan — a population slightly larger than that of the Gaza Strip. And Jordan’s leaders have been increasingly critical of Israel since the war in Gaza began. Amid a dire humanitarian crisis in the enclave, Jordan began airdropping aid in November. It has completed more than a dozen missions since.

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