Syrian refugees 'attack police'


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The Independent Online

Angry over harsh living conditions in a desert tent camp in Jordan, dozens of Syrian refugees have clashed with Jordanian police, hurled stones and smashed charity offices and a hospital, officials and refugees said.

The rioting late Monday in the Zaatari camp was the worst violence since the facility opened in July near the Jordan-Syria border. About 26 police officers were injured by stones thrown by the refugees, a police official said.

A Syrian refugee in the camp, Abu Nawras, said police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters who were demanding improved conditions, better food and education for their children. The camp hosts about 32,000 Syrians who have fled the civil war at home.