Jordan swaps workers' orange uniforms over association with ISIS

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  • The change is in response to citizens' outcry
  • It goes into effect later this month

Amman, Jordan (CNN)In an effort to get rid of a color associated with ISIS, Jordan is ditching sanitation workers' orange uniforms and replacing them with olive green.

ISIS, which calls itself Islamic State, has released videos showing its victims donning orange jumpsuits before they are beheaded or killed in other gruesome ways, including last month's burning of Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh inside a cage.
    After citizens' outcry, including the pilot's relatives, Amman announced Tuesday that it's changing the colors of the uniforms starting later this month.
    "The decision came in response to the demands of many citizens, and the family and brother of martyr Moath al-Kasasbeh, after the color orange became associated with Daesh's (ISIS's ) terrorist activities," the Greater Amman Municipality said in a statement.
    "The municipality is ensuring that the image of the workers is not distorted."
    Jordanians picked the new color in an online poll that featured eight options. They had originally chosen turquoise, but many citizens said it was similar to the color worn by a top football club in the country.
    The pilot's killing by ISIS sparked widespread condemnation throughout the Middle East. Jordan is conducting airstrikes targeting the militants in Iraq and Syria.
    The extremist group's campaign of terror knows no limits.
    Its latest video released Tuesday shows a child shooting a man the group claims is an Israeli spy.
    The video identifies the man as a 19-year-old Israeli citizen of Palestinian descent. The victim's family said he had no ties with the Mossad, Israel's spy agency.