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UN alarmed by deadly Syrian protest in Jordan camp

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 6, 2014 at 10:08 a.m.

— The United Nations said it is alarmed at "violent nature" of a demonstration in a massive Syrian refugee camp in Jordan that killed one person and wounded dozens.

The U.N. refugee agency said a "heated demonstration" in Jordan's sprawling Zaatari refugee camp Saturday turned to "a violent one" after hundreds, possibly thousands of refugees started throwing rocks at a police post. The agency said Sunday that the protest started over a refugee family being held there after police detained them and a driver who tried to smuggle them out of the camp.

The U.N. said police fired tear gas and there were reports of live ammunition being used. They say 28 Jordanian policemen were wounded.

Jordan is home to 588,979 registered Syrians refugees, most of them in Zaatari.

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