AMMAN — Violent riots erupted at the Zaatari Refugee Camp on Tuesday as heavy rain submerged hundreds of tents.
According to a security source, Syrian refugees clashed with security forces and aid workers at the camp near Mafraq, 80km north of Amman, early on Tuesday during a protest over the facility’s “lack of preparedness” for harsh weather conditions.
Some 200 residents attacked aid workers with stones and makeshift clubs during the daily food ration distribution, eyewitnesses said, forcing authorities to evacuate local and international staff from the camp.
Gendarmerie forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air in order to disperse the mob, according to residents and security sources, with at least 20 arrests reported.
Seven aid workers were injured in the riots, according to the security source.