The Palestine Liberation Organization held a demonstration in Amman on Sunday (21 March) to mark the third anniversary of the Battle of Karameh.
The Palestine Liberation Organization held a demonstration in Amman on Sunday (21 March) to mark the third anniversary of the Battle of Karameh. The battle was the biggest confrontation between Arabs and Israelis since the June War in 1967. It came when a raid by Israelis across the Jordan River on the guerrilla camp at Karameh met with strong resistance from the Royal Jordanian Army and guerrillas. Later Jordan protested to the United Nations. About 8,000 people took part in Sunday's demonstration.
SYNOPSIS: Eight thousand people demonstrated in Amman in Jordan on Sunday to mark the third anniversary of the Battle of Karameh. This took place when an Israeli force crossed the Jordan River to attack a guerrilla base on the Eastern Bank. The raiders met with strong resistance form the Royal Jordanian Army from the guerrillas.
Sunday's marchers carried the flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which arranged the demonstration. The Battle of Karameh was the biggest confrontation between Arab and Israeli troops since the June War nine months earlier. Jordan protested to the United Nations after the raid. People of all ages took part in the anniversary march.
Commandos were prominent, some Al Fatah leaders making their first public appearance for several weeks. The demonstrators marched for four miles from the Palestinian hospital on Ashrafieh Hill. The demonstration was impressive though not as big as some when the commandos in Jordan were at the height of their power before last September's fighting with government forces. The procession ended at a cemetery where wreaths were laid on graves of those who died in the battle.