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15 street vendors referred to Amman governor

By Muath Freij - May 12,2014 - Last updated at May 12,2014

AMMAN –– The Greater Amman Municipality, together with the public security and gendarmerie departments led a security crackdown targeting street vendors in downtown Amman on Monday.  

The campaign was aimed at seizing weapons like knives and confiscating drugs, according to Ahmad Ebbini, director of the GAM department to regulate street vendors. 

“We seized 400 weapons and around 15 people were arrested. I can say that this is the most successful campaign ever,” Ebbini told The Jordan Times over the phone on Monday, noting that the detainees were referred to the governor.  

“We will continue to refer illegal street vendors to the governor to deter others from selling illegal items and breaking the law,” he said. 

“In the past, we used to confiscate the goods which did not stop them from coming back,” Ebbini added. 

He noted that there are still a number of street vendors selling their goods and GAM is going to intensify its campaign during the next few days. 

“We will conduct an intensive crackdown this month and in June.”

The municipality official said GAM has the option of bringing street vendors together in one location to enable them to sell their goods, but they are averse to the idea. 

“They believe that the location they are working in is better than the site we will propose,” Ebbini added. 

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