10 Jordanian policemen injured in riot at Syrian refugee camp
AMMAN, Jordan – A Jordanian official says 10 Jordanian policemen have been injured in a riot that erupted at a Syrian refugee camp near the Jordan-Syria border.
Anmar Hmoud says the Friday afternoon riot in Zaatari camp occurred after handful of refugees tried to sneak out of the camp.
Hmoud, a government spokesman for the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, says that when police stopped them, 100 other refugees turned up, showering the policemen with stones.
Police say tear gas was used to disperse the crowd.
Zaatari is home to 150,000 refugees. An additional 350,000 Syrians have found shelter in local communities.
Conditions in overcrowded, wind-swept desert camp have deteriorated since it opened last July, and there have been several previous incidents of rioting.