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The political and security situation in Jordan is rather stable, despite ongoing armed conflicts in neighbouring countries (Israel/Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon).[1] However, because of its geographical proximity to those conflicts, Jordan has high levels of weapons and ammunition trafficking.[2] According to reports, Jordan no longer has landmines on its territory.[3]

NATO and the Small Arms Survey have been assisting with the through-life management of ammunition. Efforts have included the creation of a demilitarisation centre, providing equipment to test older ammunition systems, destroying obsolete ammunition, national trainings on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM), and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) activities.[4]


[1] “Jordan.” International Crisis Group. Accessed September 3, 2022. https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/east-mediterranean-mena/jordan  

[2] “Guns in Jordan.” Gun Law and Policy: Firearms and armed violence, country by country. Accessed July 22, 2022. https://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/jordan.

[3] “Jordan’s demining success.” ReliefWeb, April 26, 2012. https://reliefweb.int/report/jordan/jordan’s-demining-success

[4] See AMAP Database.

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Further information

Accidental explosions

Since the beginning of data collection in 1979 by the Small Arms Survey, one accidental explosion was reported in Jordan (Table 1).

Table. 1 Accidental explosions in Jordan (1979-2021)

Year

Location

Owner/manager

Deaths

Injuries

2020

Zarqa

State (military)

0

0

Source: Small Arms Survey. n.d. Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS). Database.

Cases of diversion

Insufficient information on cases of diversion in Jordan.

Disposal

Destruction, use, or export of ammunition as an indicator of a state’s ability to identify and decrease aging, unsafe, or surplus ammunition.  

Insufficient information on the disposal of ammunition in Jordan.

Needs

Further requirements for an effective through-life management of ammunition in the country.

No needs have been reported for Jordan.[1]


[1] PoA Report 2010, Jordan. Please note that PoA reports focus on SALW and not specifically on ammunition. https://smallarms.un-arm.org/national-reports?country=JOR&year=.

Published Date: Friday 30 of September 2022