Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Unwed Syrian refugees to be isolated in camps after riots

Single men are to be separated to avoid more trouble in Jordan refugee camp after anti-riot police called in to quell protest.

AMMAN // Jordan's government was yesterday investigating riots by Syrians at a refugee camp and plans to isolate unmarried men to avoid more disturbances, the interior minister said.

"Some Syrian refugees are currently being interrogated for taking part in the riots. They will be referred to the courts," Ghaleb Zubi told the state-run Petra news agency after a visit to the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan.

"Unmarried men must separate from families at the camp to avoid more riots. Usually such problems are created by young men."

On Monday, Jordanian anti-riot police were called in to quell a refugee protest against their living conditions in Zaatari.

The conflict has had implications for Syria's neighbours as thousands of refugees have fled the fighting.

The violence has also spilt over into Lebanon and yesterday into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Syrian soldiers fought rebels in a firefight that killed nine people and sent several mortars sailing across the border into Israel.

The Israeli military said nobody was hurt in the shelling and that the spillover was believed to be accidental.

Also yesterday, an Islamist militant group claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks in Syria, including a fierce assault this month on an army barracks in Aleppo.

Al Nusra Front said on a militant website that it was behind 38 attacks, among them the 48-hour clash with troops in Hanano, a strategic barracks in Syria's second city, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 A view of a defaced portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during an anti-North Korean rally on the 102nd birthday of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung in central Seoul. Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters

Best photography from around the world, April 15

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 The Doha-based Youssef Al Qaradawi speaks to the crowd as he leads Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt in February, 2011. The outspoken pro-Muslim Brotherhood imam has been critical of the UAE’s policies toward Islamist groups, adding to friction between Qatar and other GCC states. Khalil Hamra / AP Photo

Brotherhood imam skips Doha sermon, but more needed for GCC to reconcile

That Youssef Al Qaradawi did not speak raises hopes that the spat involving Qatar and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain might be slowly moving towards a resolution.

 Twitter photo of  Abdel Fattah El Sisi on the campaign trail on March 30. Photo courtesy-Twitter/@SisiCampaign

El Sisi rides a bicycle, kicks off social media storm

The photos and video created a huge buzz across social media networks, possibly a marker of a new era for Egypt.

 An Afghan election commission worker carries a ballot box at a vote counting centre in Jalalabad on April 6. A roadside bomb hit a truck carrying full ballot boxes in northern Afghanistan, killing three people a day after the country voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai. Eight boxes of votes were destroyed in the blast, which came as the three leading candidates voiced concerns about possible fraud. Noorullah Shirzada / AFP Photo

Two pressing questions for Afghanistan’s future president

Once in office, the next Afghan president must move fast to address important questions that will decide the immediate future of the country.

 Friday is UN Mine Awareness Day and Omer Hassan, who does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan, is doing all he can to teach people about the dangers posed by landmines. Louise Redvers for The National

A landmine nearly ended Omer’s life but he now works to end the threat of mines in Iraq

Omer Hassan does demining work in Iraqi Kurdistan and only has to show people his mangled leg to underscore the danger of mines. With the world marking UN Mine Awareness Day on Friday, his work is as important as ever as Iraq is one of the most mine-affected countries in the world.

 Supporters of Turkey's ruling AKP cheer as they follow the election's results in front of the party's headquarters in Ankara on March 30. Adem Altan/ AFP Photo

Erdogan critic fears retaliation if he returns to Turkey

Emre Uslu is a staunch critic of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now, with a mass crackdown on opposition expected, he is unsure when he can return home.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National