Jordan to increase security over holiday season

Jordan plans to step up security over Christmas and the Islamic holiday that follows it, the Public Security spokesman said Saturday. Maj. Bashir al-Da'aja told the official Petra news agency that the measures include increasing police patrols in residential and crowded areas, including shopping malls, and entertainment districts, to prevent theft and harassment. The holiday season begins with Christmas, celebrated Dec. 25 and by adherents of eastern churches Jan. 4. It is followed by Eid al-Adha, the most important holiday on the Islamic calendar. Al-Da'aja focused on measures to prevent thefts and shooting guns in the air, a common practice on holidays and at celebrations that has led to accidental injury and even death. He did not mention the possibility of terror attacks.