Thursday, February 16, 2012

Booming sounds still heard in Amman

AMMAN — Booming sounds continued to be heard in Amman and other central parts of Jordan on Thursday for the second day in a row.

Residents of Amman, Madaba, Salt and the Jordan Valley said they heard the booming sounds on Thursday morning.

The authorities on Wednesday evening blamed the sounds on Israeli demining activities in the Jordan Valley.

"I heard the explosion today around 10.30am. The sound was very strong and some of my children panicked," Rakan Adwan, a resident of Southern Shuneh, which is less than three kilometers away from the King Hussein Bridge at the borders with Israel, told The Jordan Times on Thursday.

"My relatives in the area and friends heard the explosion. We are used to hearing such explosions quite often as we are close to the borders with Israel, but this time the explosions that we heard on Wednesday and Thursday are stronger," Adwan said.

On Wednesday, an informed source said that the sounds of explosions were the result of an “ordinary” activity carried out by the Israelis to remove mines in the area opposite the King Hussein Bridge and the Baptism Site. The source noted that the de-mining activities will continue through Thursday.

Walid Sweilmin, a resident of Shafa Badran in Amman, said he heard the explosions on Wednesday and Thursday. Read More