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Knifeman Stabs Tourists at Jordanian Site Jerash

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Eight people, including four foreign tourists, have been stabbed in Jerash, an ancient tourist location in Jordan. Conflicting reports about the attack are presenting varying details about the injuries, but local media said at least two people were in “critical condition.”

Reuters reported that Jordan’s minister of health, Fayez Jaber, said “three Mexicans and one Swiss” tourist were wounded along with four Jordanians when a man went on a “stabbing rampage” with a machete in Jerash city , a major tourist destination offering spectacular ancient Roman ruins.

Local media have reported that two of the eight stab victims have been flown to the capital Amman for treatment. The Guardian quoted local police sources, which claim a 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene who had come from a nearby Palestinian refugee camp . On Wednesday, residents of the camp released a statement saying they “denounce and condemn” the terrorist act carried out by what they called one of these “cowards in Jerash.”

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Jerash’s Unparalleled Archaeology

Jerash is an ancient city located north of the capital Amman and has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. It’s renowned for its ruined walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa, the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, also known as the Triumphal Arch , which was built in 129 AD in honor of the visit of Emperor Hadrian , and behind this arch is the hippodrome which hosted chariot races in front of up to 15,000 spectators.

Amphitheater in the ancient Roman city, Jerash, Jordan. ( sola_sola /Adobe Stock)

Furthermore, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the Forum’s enormous oval colonnade are but a handful of the hundreds of ancient attractions that make Jerash one of world’s best-preserved Roman cities, and as such, a major tourist pull with great importance to Jordan’s flagging economy.

The Horrifying Attack

The Independent reported on videos that had been posted on social media showing a bleeding woman lying on the floor and another panic-stricken woman wearing a T-shirt stained with blood and screaming in Spanish “It's a dagger, it's a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!” The Guardian quoted one eyewitness, Natalie, who said she heard a commotion and when she realized people were bleeding she thought there must have been “a full-on fight,” and it was only when she saw a man’s hand “split open” she knew somebody had stabbed people.

Photo from the scene of the incident. ( Roya News )

Natalie added that local guides had told her and her group that the knife attack had been carried out by “a psycho” who had been arrested and that the rest of the site was now safe; but she said she was surprised that no police lines were set up and tourists were walking around “through all the blood.”

Resisting Reaction is Not Easy, But Essential

With tourism contributing to about 10% of Jordan’s GDP, the country suffered real hardship when the conflict in Iraq increased and from the outbreak of civil war in neighboring Syria. And with tourism having shown signs of recovery in the past three years what must absolutely not happen here is that Jordan becomes ‘black-listed’ in the minds of tourists and travelers because of the actions of “one brain-washed psycho” with an extreme religious agenda, because similar attacks can and do happen in Paris, London, Switzerland, and all over the world, every week.

And what will certainly not be given as much as a mention in this article are any terrorist organizations or extreme religious groups that might or might not have been involved in the attack, for their fleeting violent ideologies are but passing thoughts compared to time scales of the deeply ancient Jerash.

This city will stand strong and will inevitably attract tens of millions more tourists over the coming centuries because there is just so, so much to see and learn at Jerash, so much so, that it can seem daunting at first – especially given that there exists virtually no signage.

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Jerash - September 29, 2018: Ancient Roman ruins of Jerash, Jordan . ( rpbmedia/Adobe Stock)

A Call to Action, Not Reaction

How should we react to such crimes? If we were to follow the routes of reason and logic we would have to conclude that Jordan is as safe, or dangerous, today as it was this time last week. And statisticians might argue that this one horrific incident “could” have occurred in any European city, so reacting to “one psycho” by avoiding an entire city, or country, is a bit, well, absurd.

If I had the opportunity I would return to Jordan tomorrow and would immerse myself once again in one of the most culturally rich nations in the world, with its endless and massive open air interactive archaeological sites.

And remember, “they” only win if “we” get scared, and if you decide to not go to Jordan based on this one incident you should also avoid visiting the Tower of London or the The Avenue des Champs-Élysées.


Attacker stabs 8 at popular Jordanian tourist site

AMMAN, Jordan -- A young man from a Palestinian refugee camp on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan, security officials said.

The suspect's family identified him as Mustafa Abu Tuameh. They said the 22-year-old was not a member of an organized militant group and believed he had acted alone. But they said he had recently become very religious, was very poor and apparently planned to die during his attack.

"Today he told his mother that he has only 35 piasters (50 cents) and he was going out and might not come back," said an uncle, Younis Abu Amrah.

The incident in Jerash, one of the country's most visited destinations, threatened to cast a shadow over the vital tourism industry.

The wounded included three Mexican tourists and a Swiss woman, according to Jordan's Public Security office. Along with the tour guide, three other Jordanians, including two security officers and a bus driver, were also hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested.

The office said two people, a Mexican woman and a Jordanian security officer, were in serious condition and airlifted to a hospital in the capital, Amman, by helicopter. Jerash is roughly 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of the capital.

Brent Pelkey, an American tourist who witnessed the stabbing, said the attack came out of nowhere on what appeared to be a normal day.

"I look ahead and I see a guy in a black suit running toward a group of tourists and he doesn't look like he has the best of intentions," Pelkey said. "Next thing I see is some tourists running around, some screaming, and the next thing I see is a few on the ground."

He said he saw a woman bleeding "profusely" from the side of her body. He moved closer and said he saw three other people bleeding on the ground "and obviously in some pretty serious pain" and then another person who looked like a park worker or guide also down.

Jordan's foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, said he called his Swiss counterpart and Mexico's deputy foreign minister to tell them the kingdom was providing medical treatment to those "injured in the horrible stabbing crime." He said he assured them that the investigation was underway.

Later Wednesday, Jordan's health minister said all of the wounded were in stable condition, and none had life-threatening injuries.

Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, tweeted: "The Jordanian government has supported us throughout this."

The Swiss Foreign Ministry confirmed a Swiss woman was wounded in the attack, but said her life was not in danger.

Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city whose ruins include a Roman amphitheater and a columned road.

In one video, a woman can be heard screaming in Spanish. "It's a dagger, it's a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!"

One woman is seen lying on the ground, with much blood around her, as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with an apparent leg wound.

The Jordanian army's website Hala Akhbar identified the attacker as a resident of the nearby Jerash refugee camp who is in his early twenties. The camp, inhabited by Palestinians whose families left the Gaza Strip during the 1967 Mideast war, is one of the poorest areas of Jordan.

Abu Amrah, the suspect's uncle, said his nephew changed very suddenly about two years ago.

"He was a normal person who was interested in looking good, so he would have a special haircut. All of the sudden he became religious in a very extreme way, and he would say this is forbidden in Islam and that is forbidden," he said.

He said the family is very poor, with 10 children, and that his nephew had worked in a mill in the refugee camp. He said the family condemned his actions.

"If we knew he was going to do this, we would have broken his legs. This is unacceptable," the uncle said. He said security forces ransacked the family's house but found nothing.

"I don't think he belonged to any terrorist group," he said. "His sick mind led him to do this."

Residents of the camp signed a letter denouncing what they called a "terrorist attack that was carried out by a coward."

Jordan's economy relies heavily on tourism, and Islamic militant groups and other attackers have in the past targeted tourist sites to embarrass the government or harm the valuable industry. The Jordanian tourism sector has enjoyed a strong rebound over the past two years.

In 2005, triple hotel attacks killed at least 23 people, while the following year a British tourist was killed when a gunman opened fire at Roman ruins in Amman.

More recently, a 2016 attack by the Islamic State group killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.

Daraghmeh reported from Ramallah, West Bank. AP correspondent Aaron Weintraub in Jerash, Jordan, contributed to this report.

This story was corrected to reflect that Jerash residents left their homes in the 1967 Mideast war, not in 1948.


MAN ARRESTED

A spokesman for the directorate said that a tour guide, bus driver and a security guard were among those wounded.

A security source told Reuters three of the victims were Spanish women, who have been taken to hospital. In an update, it's understood that they were Mexican nationals.

A third security source said two of the tourists were in a critical condition, but declined to provide further details.

Al-Rai, Jordan's state newspaper, said the security officer is undergoing surgery after being knifed several times.

The directorate confirmed on Facebook that a man "who assaulted a number of tourists with a knife has been arrested."

A spokesman said that the attacker knifed "a number of tourists, a tourist guide and a non-commissioned officer, while trying to arrest him.


Jordan stabbing: Three tourists and guide attacked at archaeological site

hree tourists and their tour guide have been stabbed in an attack at a popular archaeological site in Jordan.

Local news agency Petra reported that a police officer was also injured by a lone knifeman before being arrested.

The casualties were taken to hospital.

The cityt of Jerash is the location of well-preserved Roman ruins and is popular with tourists.

An amateur video from the scene at the Jerash site showed a woman screaming in Spanish: "It's a dagger, it's a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!"

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One woman is seen lying on the ground, with blood around her, as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with an apparent leg wound.

The al-Ghad newspaper said the tourists were Mexican and suffered serious wounds.

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3 tourists stabbed in Jordan suspect arrested

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3 tourists stabbed in Jordan suspect arrested

Three tourists were stabbed in Jerash, in Jordan, along with a local guide and a security guard on Wednesday.

According to police, a man had been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

The victims were three Spanish women who were taken to the hospital. A civil defense source said their injuries were minor.

Marco Junipero Serra, who claimed to have witnessed the attack, said on Twitter that the knifeman was wearing 'black militant gear including a head covering'.

Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city whose ruins, including a Roman amphitheater and a columned road, are one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

In one video, a woman can be heard screaming in Spanish. “It’s a dagger, it’s a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!” One woman is seen lying on the ground, with much blood around her, as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with an apparent leg wound.


Attacker stabs 8 at popular Jordanian tourist site

A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan, security officials said.

The incident in Jerash, one of the country&rsquos most visited destinations, threatened to cast a shadow over the vital tourism industry.

The wounded included three Mexican tourists and a Swiss woman, according to Jordan&rsquos Public Security office. Along with the tour guide, three other Jordanians, including two security officers and a bus driver, were also hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested.

FILE &ndash In this Feb. 11, 2009, file photo, a tourist walks around in the ancient Roman city of Jerash, Jordan, north of Amman. Jordanian officials say an attacker has stabbed a number of tourists and their tour guide at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan. The wounded were taken to a hospital and the attacker was arrested. (AP Photo /Mohammad abu Ghosh, File)

The office said two people, a Mexican woman and a Jordanian security officer, were in serious condition and airlifted to the capital, Amman, by helicopter. Jerash is roughly 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of the capital.

Brent Pelkey, an American tourist who witnessed the stabbing, said the attack came out of nowhere on what appeared to be a normal day.

&ldquoI look ahead and I see a guy in a black suit running toward a group of tourists and he doesn&rsquot look like he has the best of intentions,&rdquo Pelkey said. &ldquoNext thing I see is some tourists running around, some screaming, and the next thing I see is a few on the ground.&rdquo

He approached the scene and saw a woman bleeding &ldquoprofusely&rdquo from the side of her body. He said he saw three other people bleeding and on the ground &ldquoand obviously in some pretty serious pain&rdquo and then another person who looked like a park worker or guide also down.

Mexico&rsquos foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the attack occurred during a guided tour and confirmed that one person was seriously wounded and said a second was in surgery. &ldquoThe Jordanian government has supported us throughout this,&rdquo he tweeted.

Swiss authorities did not immediately comment.

Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city whose ruins include a Roman amphitheater and a columned road.

In one video, a woman can be heard screaming in Spanish. &ldquoIt&rsquos a dagger, it&rsquos a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!&rdquo

One woman is seen lying on the ground, with much blood around her, as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with an apparent leg wound.

There were no immediate details on the identity of the attacker or his motives. But residents of the Jerash refugee camp, which is inhabited by Palestinians whose families left the Gaza Strip during the 1967 Mideast war, denounced the attack.

&ldquoWe condemn the terrorist attack that was carried out by a coward in Jerash,&rdquo they said in a signed letter quoted on a government newspaper&rsquos website.

Jordan&rsquos economy relies heavily on tourism, and Islamic militant groups and other attackers have in the past targeted tourist sites to embarrass the government or harm the valuable industry. The Jordanian tourism sector has enjoyed a strong rebound over the past two years.

In 2005, triple hotel attacks killed at least 23 people, while the following year a British tourist was killed when a gunman opened fire at Roman ruins in Amman.

More recently, a 2016 attack by the Islamic State group killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.


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A knifeman has injured four foreign tourists and four locals in an attack in the Jordanian city of Jerash.

Three Mexicans and a Swiss national were among the wounded. One of the Mexicans and a Jordanian tour guide were hurt seriously, the health minister said.

The suspected attacker was arrested nearby by police.

Jerash, home to a well-preserved ancient Roman site, draws thousands of foreign visitors every year.

Videos on social media show one woman lying bleeding on the ground and another woman in a blood-stained shirt.

Jordan’s health minister, Saed Jaber, told reporters that all the injured were taken to a local hospital within 15 minutes. The Mexican tourist and Jordanian tour guide injured seriously were then taken to a separate hospital by helicopter and underwent surgery.

“The bleeding was stopped, the situation has been controlled, and both cases are stable,” Mr Jaber said.


Attacker stabs eight at popular Jordanian tourist site

A bloody scene unfolded today next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city in Jordan, after an attacker drew a dagger and attacked eight people, including tourists.

A knife-wielding man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing eight people in northern Jordan. Four tourists and four locals were attacked while they visited a popular archa.

A knife-wielding man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing eight people in northern Jordan. Four tourists and four locals were attacked while they visited a popular archaeological site in the city of Jerash. The victims included tourists from Mexico and Switzerland, as well as two police officers. Two people were airlifted to hospital in a serious condition to undergo surgery, while the others were transported with moderate and slight injuries. The motive behind the attack remains unclear. Image: AP

A lone attacker on Wednesday stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in northern Jordan, official state-run media said.

The incident occurred at Jerash, one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

The reports quoted an unnamed security official as saying the wounded included three Mexican tourists and a Swiss woman. Along with the tour guide, three other Jordanians, including a policeman, were also hurt before the attacker was subdued and arrested, reports said.

Details on their conditions were not immediately known, though the official Petra news site said the most seriously wounded were airlifted to a hospital by helicopter.

Amateur video showed a bloody scene next to the Jerash archaeological site, an ancient city whose ruins include a Roman amphitheatre and a columned road.

In one video, a woman can be heard screaming in Spanish.

“It’s a dagger, it’s a dagger, there is a knife. Please, help him now!”

One woman is seen lying on the ground, with much blood around her, as someone presses a towel to her back. Another man sits nearby with an apparent leg wound.

There were no immediate details on the identity of the attacker or his motives.

Jordan’s economy relies heavily on tourism, and Islamic militant groups have in the past targeted tourist sites.

A 2016 attack by the Islamic State group killed 14 people, including a Canadian tourist.


Jordanian given death penalty for 2019 stabbing attack

A Jordanian court has sentenced a man to death for stabbing tourists and police in 2019.

The State Security Court found the man guilty of terrorism on Tuesday and gave him the death sentence, the state-run Jordan News Agency, also known as Petra, reported.

The conviction stems from the November 2019 stabbing attack in the city of Jerash north of the capital, Amman. A lone assailant stabbed several people at a Roman ruins archaeological site there. Three Mexican tourists and one Swiss woman were injured, as were a tour guide, a driver and three police, according to Petra. Nobody died in the incident.

The court also sentenced one man to life imprisonment and another to seven years for their roles in the incident. Petra described them as “accomplices.” All men are from Jerash and were inspired by material they read from the Islamic State (IS), according to the agency.

The Associated Press identified the man convicted to death as Mustafa Abu Tuameh.

In 2016, IS shot dead 10 people in the city of Karak. Also that year, a Jordanian security guard shot and killed three US soldiers at the King Faisal Air Base.


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The wounded were taken to a local hospital and two of them, whose condition was described as critical, were flown to the capital, Amman. Police and government officials would not identify the attacker or provide details about his motives.

The years of turmoil in the Middle East have left Jordan relatively unscathed. Arab Spring protests broke out in Amman and other Jordanian


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