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13 injured in Zaatari riot; security personnel use tear gas

Apr 05,2014 - Last updated at Apr 05,2014

AMMAN — Eleven security personnel and two Syrian refugees were injured in riots at the Zaatari Refugee Camp on Saturday evening, the Public Security Department (PSD) said.

The injured were hospitalised and are in fair condition, the statement said.

The riots erupted after a group of refugees were detained for attempting to illegaly leave the camp.

In retaliation, several refugees vandalised property and attacked security personnel with stones, the PSD said, adding that the rioters set fire to six tents and two trailers.

Security personnel used tear gas to disperse the rioters, the PSD added.

UNHCR Representative to Jordan Andrew Harper confirmed the incident.

“… There was a riot in Zaatri today, resulted in injuries on both sides — no deaths reported.

Multiple tents burnt,” he wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday.

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