The Jordanian government has lodged an official protest with Lebanon concerning the deaths of two lorry drivers ambushed and killed in Lebanese territory.
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Background: The Jordanian government has lodged an official protest with Lebanon concerning the deaths of two lorry drivers ambushed and killed in Lebanese territory. The two men were carrying leads of phosphate to Lebanese ports for shipment to Turkey and Czechoslovakia.
On Thursday (18 May) in Amman, a funeral was held for the two men, who are referred to as "martyrs" by many Jordanians. Several government officials were present for the funeral procession form the Transport Union Office to Al-Husseini grand Mosque.
Phosphate is a major Jordanian industry, expected to provide a yearly income of more than 12-million Jordan dinars -- approximately 12-million pounds sterling. Jordan must truck the phosphate to Syrian and Lebanese ports for shipment, and the industry faced a crisis last summer when those countries closed their borders with Jordan as a protest against the Jordanian government's attitude to the Palestine resistance movement. The phosphate lorries were allowed through again earlier this year when the borders were reopened.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of mourners gathered in Amman on Thursday for the funeral procession of two "martyrs". The two men had been ambushed and killed while driving truckloads of Jordanian phosphate through Lebanon.
The Lebanese border was reopened earlier this year, following last summer's closure by the government of Lebanon as a protest against Jordan's attitude towards the Palestine resistance movement. Jordan's phosphate industry is dependent on the ports of Lebanon and Syria for shipping the product to Turkey, Czechoslovakia and other countries.
Several government officials took part in the funeral procession on Thursday, including Mudar Badran, the head of King Hussein' General Secretaries and the leader's personal representative at the funeral.
The procession was from the Transport Union Office to the Al-Husseini Grand Mosque. Following a prayer service, the coffins were carried to the General Labourers' Union Association. Jordan has lodged an official protest with Lebanon concerning the deaths of the two drivers.