Thirty people are reported to have died on Saturday (September 5) in fighting in Zarka, a garrison town 15 miles (25KM) north of Amman.
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Background: Thirty people are reported to have died on Saturday (September 5) in fighting in Zarka, a garrison town 15 miles (25KM) north of Amman. The fighting between Jordanian soldiers and palestinian commandos came soon after an attempt on the life of King Hussein of Jordan.
A Fatah commando spokesman said artillery, mortars and machine guns were used in the clash. It took place after the capital, Amman, was returning to normal following a confrontation between the authorities and the commandos which cost 200 casualties last week.
There is a Palestine refugee camp at Zarka. It is only three months ago since an incident there sparked heavy fighting in Jordan which caused 1,000 casualties.
Since the latest clashes King Hussein has ordered his troops to withdraw to their bases to reduce the risk of further fighting.