Amman is calm following the withdrawal from the city of the Palestinian guerrillas with their heavy arms.
Amman is calm following the withdrawal from the city of the Palestinian guerrillas with their heavy arms. The temporary settlement of the two week crisis between the guerrillas and the Jordan government was brought about by the mediation of a trade union delegation. The trade unionists arranged the withdrawal of the guerrillas by midnight of Thursday (8 April). And Government sources said a search for arms in Amman had been postponed for 24 hours, in an attempt to make sure the guerrillas have the time they need. Already, banks, shops and cafes are back to normal.
SYNOPSIS: Life in Amman is steadily getting back to a more normal situation following two weeks of tense confrontation between the Jordan government and the Palestinian guerrillas. Thanks to the mediation of a trade union delegation, the guerrillas have agreed to withdraw completely from the city, taking with them their heavy arms.
One quick result of the calm is that shell holes in the streets can be filled in, improving the traffic situation.It seems that both sides are ready to honour the peace agreements. Commandos have been seen withdrawing heavy arms from the capital late into the night... eye-witnesses said they saw ten large trucks full of guerrillas and their weapons leave for bases outside Amman last Friday...and government sources have said that a search through the city for arms had been postponed to give the guerrillas enough time to get out. The population of Amman are already acting as if the town was again clear.
All the shops are trading again, and all the banks and cafes are open for business. The people notice the tension less, because the guerrillas and the government have called a halt to propaganda campaigns by press and radio...And the government, for their part, are reported to have agreed to grant an amnesty for all commandos still detained for infringing the regulations which ban the carrying of arms inside cities and towns. But all's not perfect. The guerrillas report clashes with the army in the north...the government deny this - but have charged that their military positions have been attacked by the guerrillas.