TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of Jordanians rallied in their capital to protest against the proposed western military action against neighboring Syria, denouncing the push for military intervention as a continuation of “American aggression” in Arab and Muslim countries.
The Friday demonstration, led by Jordanian leftist and nationalist parties, drew hundreds of people onto the streets of downtown Amman after noon prayers.
During the rally, participants raised the flags of Syria and Lebanese Hezbollah and chanted, “From Damascus to Amman, we are one people united against the American dogs.”
Participants also protested a reportedly growing US military presence in Northern Jordan in recent days, chanting, “No to American dogs on Jordanian soil.”
The demonstration came amid rising concern among ordinary Jordanians that any military intervention will only widen a conflict that has posed economic and security challenges to Jordan and has driven more than half a million Syrian refugees into the country.
“Like all of America’s wars in the Arab world, Jordan will pay the price if they attack Syria,” said Mohammed Hamour, a 22-year-old engineering student, as he hoisted a Syrian flag in the air. “Any military attack on Syria will be an attack on the safety, security and livelihood of the Jordanian people.”
Also Friday, a massive mobilization along the Jordanian-Syrian border entered its third day, with the Jordanian military placing its forces in a state of emergency, according to a Jordanian military officer based in the border area who is not authorized to speak to the media.
Eyewitnesses reported a flurry of military activity along the 230-mile-long border as dozens of tanks and F-16 fighter jets were mobilized.
The United States has bolstered Jordan’s border defenses in light of the rising violence in Syria over the past two months, delivering several F-16 fighter jets and Patriot missile batteries in June and, most recently, a fleet of drones.
The Jordanian government has refused to officially confirm or deny the reported military buildup along the border, stressing only that Jordan continues to support a peaceful political solution to the Syrian conflict, now in its third year, and ruling out the possibility that it will serve as a “launching pad” for any potential military intervention.
Western countries including the United States are allegedly considering a military invasion of Syria under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons in the country.
While both the Syrian government and the foreign-backed militant groups accuse each other of using chemical weapons, a UN investigation team is in Syria probing into the incident.
Russia has presented the UN Security Council with documents proving that the rebels have conducted the latest chemical attack which took place on August 21.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the West could act on Syria even without the full backing of the United Nations Security Council.
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