Eight people have been stabbed at Jerash, a popular tourist site in Jordan; a usually very peaceful and welcoming Middle Eastern destination.
Although Jordan is sandwiched in between some ‘noisy’ neighbours, the country is known as one of the safest and most peaceful places to explore and an attack like this is extremely rare.
The unusual attack
A Jordanian Government source told the ABC four tourists, two local policemen, a local guide and a driver, were attacked at the ancient Roman city of Jerash, north of the capital Amman.
The Government source said none of the injuries were life-threatening and Police have arrested a 22-year-old Jordanian-born Palestinian man from a refugee camp in Jerash.
Witnesses said the man had been clad all in black and had tried to chase tourists into the cafeteria at the site.
Police are yet to announce any motive for the attack.
Jerash is one of Jordan’s main tourist attractions, popular with international visitors and such incidents are rare in Jordan, with the kingdom considered one of the Middle East’s safest tourist destinations.
Should you still visit?
This is a highly unusual case for Jordan, so don’t let it stop you from travelling there.
Tour companies are still operating in Jordan and travelling the country independently is popular among travellers who wish to get off the beaten track; enjoying the wonders of the country and the relaxing pace of undertourism.
Smartraveller currently states to exercise a high degree of caution, which has been the case for many years and does not reflect any specific threats at this time.
However, The Foreign Office has advised: “If you’re in the area, you should remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities; this travel advice will be updated as the situation develops.”
Stay safe and aware, wherever it is you’re exploring.
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