‘Violent clashes in the city of Ma’an in south Jordan’, BBC Arabic (London), 25th April 2014

‘Violent clashes in the city of Ma’an in south Jordan’

Reports are coming in from Jordan of the renewal of violent clashes between security forces and a number of the residents of the city of Ma’an in the south of the country. Eyewitnesses say that clashes broke out in the Hijaziah and Shamiah districts in addition to the area around the security headquarters in the north of the city.

 

أفاد الأنباء الواردة من الأردن بتجدد الاشتباكات العنيفة بين قوات الأمن وعدد من سكان مدينة معان جنوبي البلاد.وذكر شهود عيان أن الاشتباكات وقعت في أحياء الحجازية والشامية إضافة إلى منطقة مجمع الدوائر الأمنية شمالي المدينة.

وقال ناشطون إن قوات الدرك استخدمت الغاز المسيل للدموع ما أدى إلى إصابة ثلاثة أشخاص.

وكانت حدة المواجهة قد تزايدت بين قوات الأمن ومسلحين إثر مقتل أحد أبناء المدينة من المحسوبين على التيار السلفي في ما قالت الحكومة إنه تبادل “لإطلاق نار بين قوات الأمن وخارجين عن القانون”.

لكن قيادات سلفيه نفت أن يكون القتيل قد اشترك في أي إطلاق نار على قوات الأمن.

ويقول ناشطون إن المدينة تشهد عصيانا مدنيا شمل “إغلاقا للمدارس والمؤسسات والمحلات التجارية”.

وكانت وزارة الداخلية الأردنية قالت في وقت سابق إن ” العملية الأمنية في معان تستهدف عددا من المطلوبين للقضاء اضافة لأشخاص قاموا بالاعتداء على عناصر الأمن والممتلكات العامة”. لكن الوزارة عادت ونفت وجود أي حملة امنية في المدينة باستثناء بعض الاجراءات المحدودة.

وكانت الشهور الأخيرة شهدت عدة حوادث مشابهه أدت إلى مقتل واصابة عدد من الاشخاص ممن وصفتهم الحكومة بالمطلوبين الامنيين

ويشكو كثير من سكان معان مما يصفونه بالتهميش ومن ضعف التنمية المحلية والخدمات فيها ,, كما يعتبرها الكثير بؤرة احتجاج ساخنه ضد النظام الاردني حيث كانت نقطة انطلاق الاحتجاجات الشعبية التي عرفت باسم هبة نيسان والتي ادت الى الغاء الاحكام العرفية واجراء انتخابات عامة في البلاد عام

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Translation

 

‘Violent clashes in the city of Ma’an in south Jordan’, BBC Arabic (London), 25th April 2014

Reports are coming in from Jordan of the renewal of violent clashes between security forces and a number of the residents of the city of Ma’an in the south of the country. Eyewitnesses say that clashes broke out in the Hijaziah and Shamiah districts in addition to the area around the security headquarters in the north of the city.

Activists say that that the gendarmerie used tear gas that caused the injury of three people.

The confrontation between the security forces and armed men has risen in intensity since the killing of a resident of Ma’an who was affiliated to a Salafi movement. At the same time the government has stated that the “opening of fire was between the security forces and outlaws.”

However, Salafi leaders have denied that the man who was killed was not involved in any exchange of fire with the security forces.

Activists have stated that the city has witnessed a wave of civil disobedience, which has included the closure of schools, institutions and shops.

The Jordanian Minister of the Interior has stated that “the security operation in Ma’an is targeting a number of the most wanted men in addition to those attempting to assault the security forces and public property/public buildings. The Ministry has also repeatedly denied the existence of a security crackdown in the city, stating that there have only been some limited measures.

In recent months there have been a number of similar events which have led to the death and injuries of a number of people who the government believe were targeting the security forces.

Many of the residents of Ma’an have complained of what they have described as marginalisation due the lack of development and services in the local area. Ma’an is considered by many as the focus of heated protest against the Jordanian regime, which was the starting point of the popular protests known as the “April Uprising” / “Habbat Nisaan”, which led to the cancellation of martial law and general elections in the same year.

 

Full article available here

Translated by Hamish Kinnear

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