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Potential Demonstrations This Weekend

January 24, 2013

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of planned demonstrations throughout Jordan, including the capital, on Friday. Violent incidents were reported today in the governorates of Karak, Ma'an, Irbid and Mafraq, and may continue on the weekend. U.S. citizens should expect an increased police and security presence in these areas.

U.S. citizens should avoid areas where demonstrations are ongoing. Spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations occur in Jordan from time to time in response to world events or local developments. We remind U.S. citizens that protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. As always, please be aware of your surroundings and monitor local media.

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Amman is located on Al-Umawiyyeen Street, Abdoun, P.O. Box 354.  The telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6000, and the fax number is [962] (6) 592-4102.  The after-hours emergency telephone number is [962] (6) 590-6500.

U.S. citizens traveling abroad regularly should monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  U.S. citizens should also review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. 

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page onFacebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market  to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).