Protesters tried to storm the Israeli embassies in Jordan and Turkey after a purported IDF airstrike on a hospital in Gaza killed over 500 hundred people.
The Baptist al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City was reportedly hit by an Israeli airstrike late Tuesday that killed at least 500 people, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
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Scores Jordanians responded by trying to overrun the Israeli embassy in Amman, but ultimately failed to breach the facility.
⚡️Demonstrations near the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan pic.twitter.com/eOAEww8015
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A Jordanian security source denied rumours that the protesters had managed to storm the embassy. It told Middle East Eye that the protesters had been dealt with and removed from the surroundings.
Anas Mahmoud, an eyewitness, told MEE: “A group managed to reach the checkpoint near the embassy, which is 200 meters away. Then, the public security officers arrived and dispersed them using tear gas.”
“The demonstrators retreated to the vicinity of the Kaloti Mosque, about 1km away from the Israeli embassy,” he added.
Another witness, Mohammad Othman, said: “Security forces arrested dozens of protesters. The protesters went out randomly, without any organisation from a specific party. This was a response to the Israeli massacres.”