Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jordan: Violent Clashes and Robberies Increase During Ramadan

Muhammad was a violent man and a robber. Not surprisingly, when people try to focus more on his teachings during Islam's holiest month, violence and robberies increase.

AMMONNEWS - Jordanians have been engaged in over 76 altercations throughout the kingdom since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, clashes that left 3 dead and dozens injured so far.

In the first 10 days of Ramadan, 3 were killed in clashes in Rusaifah, Azraq, and Jabal al Hussein in Amman in individual and group altercations, in addition to dozens injured.

In addition to fights, negative phenomena increase during the month of Ramadan, including traffic accidents, home robberies, purse snatching in public, and begging, according to security sources.

The Social Defense Department at the Ministry of Social Development arrested 26 beggars during the first week of Ramadan.

There has also been an increase in residential fires, particularly in the few hours before Iftar (fast-breaking) time, caused by misuse of cooking gas cylinders and increased electricity usage.

Other emergency incidents increase during Ramadan, including stomachaches, breathing difficulties, and digestive problems requiring medical attention as a result of overeating, medical sources note, in addition to increased medical attention needed for individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure.

3,334 medical emergencies were attended to by Civil Defense and medical cadres throughout the kingdom in the first week of Ramadan.

The month of Ramadan so far has also witnessed increased home invasions as residents are out shopping or visiting relatives, in addition to increased incidents of purse and wallet snatching in congested shopping centers, police sources reported, according to Al Ghad daily report on Saturday.

Security authorities continue to urge citizens to exercise patience and vigilance, particularly in driving in the time period right before Iftar time (sunset), and protect their homes and properties when they are out. (Source)

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