Americans and Britons thronged Amman's airport Saturday, heeding the advice of their governments to return home before the U.N. deadline for Iraq to leave Kuwait or face possible military attack.
Airport sources and travel agencies said flights were overbooked for the next two weeks.There is growing anti-American sentiment in Jordan over the U.S. role in the Persian Gulf crisis. U.S. Embassy spokesman Claude Young said the U.S. government believes anti-Amerian incidents are more likely with the approach of the Jan. 15 U.N. deadline for Iraq to leave Kuwait.
American and British citizens gathered at the airport refused to talk about their decision to leave.
Some foreigners in Amman said they were not leaving because they did not feel endangered.
An American student said the U.S. government's request that U.S. citizens leave was a "scare tactic."
"If there is a real danger in Jordan, why have they not included Israel in the travel advisory, particularly in light of Iraqi warnings that Tel Aviv would be its first target in the event of war?" said the student, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The threat that Israel might be struck has led to fears that it would counterattack through Jordan, putting the kingdom in the middle of war.
The U.S. State Department has ordered non-essential embassy personnel and government dependents to leave Jordan before Jan. 15. It advised American citizens to defer travel plans and those in Jordan to "leave as soon as possible."