Travel Alert – Amman Jordan…

Thousands Rally in Amman to Call for More Airstrikes against Islamic State

Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling and living in the country of Jordan – specifically Amman.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Category: Unrest

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: Drum Cussac

02/06/2015 (Jordan) – Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Amman on Friday, 6 February, to call for more airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, according to media reports. Crowds gathered near the Grand Husseini Mosque after prayers and chanted anti-IS slogans. Queen Rania, the wife of King Abdullah II, joined the demonstrators in a show of solidarity as they marched through central Amman.

The rally came three days after IS released a video showing Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot Lt. Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive in a cage. Lt. al-Kasasbeh was captured on 24 December 2014 after his F-16 crashed near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS. Jordanian intelligence believes Lt. al-Kasasbeh was killed on 3 January 2015 amid unconfirmed reports in local media that a rescue operation had failed. The killing of the pilot from an influential Jordanian tribe has sparked widespread anger against IS in Jordan. In recent days prominent clerics have attacked the hardline group describing it as un-Islamic. Social media has reported a number of protests, particularly around Lt. al-Kasaesbeh’s home in Karak, and throughout Amman. Many protesters have carried placards demanding IS is destroyed. The rallies have been peaceful thus far.

Further protests in both Amman and Karak over the pilot’s killing are likely to take place in the coming days. Travellers should refer to the local news to be updated on the specific details of any planned rallies. While Friday’s demonstration has remained peaceful, personnel are advised to avoid all forms of public gatherings to minimise exposure to potential unrest and traffic disruption.

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