Around 500 Islamist-led demonstrators clashed on Wednesday with anti-riot police
Jordanian demonstrators block the road in front of a police water cannon during a protest against rising fuel costs, at Jabal al-Hussein in Amman on November 14, 2012. Jordanian Islamists and youth groups plan to hold to demonstrated in Amman on Thursday against a huge rise in fuel prices, a day after rioting and clashes left one dead and a dozen policemen wounded. © Khalil Mazraawi - AFP
Around 500 Islamist-led demonstrators clashed on Wednesday with anti-riot police
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Last updated: November 16, 2012

Jordanian Islamists and youths to protest fuel price hikes

Saudi Arabia urged its citizens to stay away from public gatherings and universities in Jordan, where riots over fuel price hikes have left one person dead and 71 wounded, state news agency SPA reported.

The kingdom's embassy in Amman "warned Saudi employees and students in Jordan from going to public squares or approaching sites of gatherings and demonstrations," SPA said late on Thursday.

It also warned them from going to schools "to preserve their security after earlier clashes between security forces and students at universities."

Unrest in Jordan erupted on Tuesday night in response to a 53 percent increase in the price of household gas and a 12 percent rise in petrol.

Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur has said the increases are necessary to help reduce a projected budget deficit this year of 3.5 billion dinars ($5 billion).

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