(AMMAN, Jordan) -- Protests erupted in Amman and other cities around Jordan Tuesday after officials announced a fuel price hike. The government said the hike is necessary to help reduce the nation's $5 billion deficit, Agence France-Presse reports.
Under the new price bump, gas is set to increase 15 percent, or $0.53 per gallon. The hike will include a more than 50 percent increase on cooking gas.
Queen Noor, stepmother to King Abdullah II, tweeted Tuesday: "Praying that all in #Jordan keep safe during these difficult times. Let's try 2 help each other through."
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