Four people were killed in a refugee village in North Jordan on Monday (16 November) following shelling by Jordanian troops.
Four people were killed in a refugee village in North Jordan on Monday (16 November) following shelling by Jordanian troops. The incident took place during a day of fighting between Palestine commandos and Jordan Government forces around Irbid and neighbouring Jerash in which 12 soldiers and civilians were killed.
The shelling damaged the tin-roofed shacks which make up much of the refugee village, and forced villagers to take cover in underground shelters.
Following the barrage, villagers surveyed the damage and examined shell fragments. One of those in the camp following the shelling was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
According to a PLO source, the fighting on Monday began in Irbid between patrols of the two sides and spread to other parts of the town.
Arab peace observers were investigating the northern Jordan clashes. The mission is entrusted with implementing military aspects of agreements between the government and the PLO arising out of the talks which ended September's fierce civil fighting.
The two sides had accused each other of being responsible for the day-long clashes, described as the first large-scale incident since last September's fighting in which thousands were killed or wounded.