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First death in Jordan since protests began

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First death in Jordan since protests began


A bystander in Jordan is reported killed in clashes between security forces and anti-government demonstrators.

It is the first death in the small kingdom since the protests began three months ago.

A man told the Reuters news agency his father was beaten up by police and later died in hospital.

Medical sources confirmed a man had been killed; one said more than 130 had been injured.

The numbers are hard to verify.

In the capital Amman witnesses said pro-monarchy demonstrators attacked anti-government protesters.

Reuters says they beat up its cameraman, aided by security forces.

The protests against the Jordanian authorities have been on a much smaller scale than those in other Arab countries.

The protesters’ demands have been less far-reaching, with a coalition of groups calling for a constitutional monarchy.

The government announced the creation of a national dialogue committee after King Abdullah called for accelerated reforms.

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