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Jordan: Large demonstrations expected in Amman July 21 /update 1

US authorities warn that large demonstrations are planned near Al-Husseini mosque in Amman on July 21 amid heightened regional tensions

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/21/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/23/2017, 11:59 PM (Asia/Amman). COUNTRY/REGION Amman

Event

The American government issued an advisory on July 20 warning of possible large demonstrations in Amman on Friday, July 21, amid recent tensions in the country and region surrounding events in neighboring Israel. Demonstrations are reportedly set to occur after 12:00 (local time) near the Al-Husseini mosque; other locations have yet to be identified. An increased security presence and possible transportation disruptions should be expected if protests do occur.

US authorities also warned travelers to avoid the Desert Highway (Highway 15) between Karak and Aqaba due to reports of local tribes blocking traffic in a number of places between the two towns.

Context

Tensions have increased in the region this past week due to new security measures put in place in Jerusalem at the Temple Mount. Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Amman on July 15 to protest against the decision by Israeli authorities to close the holy site after two police officers were shot and killed just outside the complex on July 14.

Meanwhile, local tribes have reportedly blocked the Desert Highway in a number of places since Tuesday, July 17. The tribes are believed to be demonstrating against the life sentence issued to a Jordanian soldier who was convicted of killing three American soldiers in November 2016.

Advice

Individuals in Jordan are advised to maintain a low profile and to avoid all protests as they could result in violent clashes between protesters and security forces.

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