AMMAN, JORDAN, FEB. 14 -- Scores of Iraqi and Jordanian women demonstrated in front of the American Embassy here today, hurling insults and shoes against the walls of the diplomatic compound.

Chanting "Go away U.S.A.," many of the women wept with worry for relatives and friends in Baghdad, some in that city's Amiriya district where allied bombs on Wednesday hit a bomb shelter used by civilians. Others screamed at Western journalists and shoved them away.

Widad Abdel Hamid Nouri, clad in black, tears streaming down her flushed face, said: "My sister and her son live in Amiriya. I don't know anything about them. . . . Never mind, let them die. We Iraqis are known for this, we have always had to make sacrifices."

One protester, Nada Jassem, told journalists that members of her family had lived and slept in the Amiriya shelter. "Every night, the women and children in our neighborhood go to that shelter, and the men usually stay at home. . . . I don't know what happened to them. I don't want to think about it."

Another woman, Nuorhan Najm, said her entire family was in Baghdad and yelled: "This is what America does. They wipe out entire peoples. In old times we had some faith in Americans, now they are all pigs."

Still another, Ghada Abdel Wahed, heaped scorn on President Hafez Assad of Syria, a member of the U.S.-led anti-Iraq military coalition, saying: "I am honored to be an Iraqi. {Iraqi President Saddam Hussein} is facing the whole world alone." A few impassioned young men who joined the women in the protest also shouted vows of allegiance to Saddam.

Surrounded by riot police carrying shields and clubs, the women took off their high-heeled shoes and flung them over the embassy wall, then clapped and cheered on being told that a new Scud missile attack had been launched against Saudi Arabia. A 10-foot plastic model of a Scud was thrown at the embassy, and an American flag burned. At one point, a bucket of red paint was splattered against the compound wall, and the protesters rushed to stamp handprints in it.

Despite the protesters' fury, the turnout was relatively small, and Jordanian legislators said they did not anticipate a more violent eruption of anti-U.S. sentiment. "The democratic process has given the people a venting mechanism to air their feelings a little at a time. When the state is not against them, they have nothing to fight," observed Jordanian senator Laila Sharaf. "They are not being repressed." A motion in the Senate today to sever all diplomatic ties with the allied countries was not well received, another senator said.

In Arab reaction elsewhere, Tunisia declared a day of mourning for the Baghdad bombing victims, Libya termed the incident "an appalling crime," and Sudan's Foreign Ministry said the "hideous, bloody massacre" showed that the allies sought "to destroy the Iraqi people along with their cultural and economic resources."