Supporters of the Palestine guerrillas demonstrated in Beirut yesterday (Tuesday, 12 January) against the Jordanian Government.
Supporters of the Palestine guerrillas demonstrated in Beirut yesterday (Tuesday, 12 January) against the Jordanian Government. The demonstration followed a fresh outbreak of fighting between Jordan's Army and guerrillas in the refugee camps in Jordan.
The fighting began early last Friday at Ruseifa, north-east of Amman, and in the Jerash area, mid-way between Amman and the Syrian border. There has been intermittent skirmishing in Amman itself and residents have stayed in their house and shops and offices have remained closed.
The Arab mediator, Tunisia's Mr. Bahi Ladgham, flew to London to discuss the latest clash between the commandos and the Jordanian Army with King Hussein, in Britain for a medical check.
The guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat this week stepped up the war of words. He sent cables to Arab Heads of State claiming the Jordanians are trying to liquidate the Palestinian resistance Movement. Evidence of a tough line by the Jordanian Government came on Monday night with a statement by the Prime Minister, Mr. Wasfi Tell, that what happen inside Jordan is a domestic affair and that nobody has the right to lecture the Amman authorities on what to do. The Jordan Government also alleged that some of the guerrilla leaders are more interested in spreading Marxist ideologies than Arab unity.
The marchers in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday carried posters attacking the Jordanian Government and the United States and opposing any settlement with Israel.