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Jordan 'foils coup attempt involving royal family members, senior

Jordan's army chief denies king's half-brother has been arrested in alleged coup attempt Jordan prince says he has been placed under house arrest
Kristine Garrett | 04 April, 2021, 18:22

Unconfirmed reports said the head of Hamzah's office, Yasser Majali, was also arrested, though he was not identified in official statements.

He emphasized that there is a very big defect in the intensive care departments in Jordanian hospitals. His brother was Ali bin Zaid, an intelligence officer killed along with seven CIA operatives in 2010 in a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan.

Huneiti affirmed that "no one is above the law and that Jordan's security and stability take precedence over any consideration".

Most dramatically, the Jordanian military ordered the house arrest of the popular former crown prince Hamzeh bin Hussein.

Hamzah is a former crown prince who was stripped of that title by Abdullah in 2004, five years after becoming king following the death of their father, the late King Hussein.

Those arrested in the Saturday roundup included Sharif Hasan, a member of the royal family, and Bassem Awadullah, a former senior official in Jordan's Royal Hashemite Court who had also served as special Jordanian representative to the Saudi government. "God bless and keep them safe", she tweeted.

"I had a visit from the chief of general staff of the Jordanian armed forces this morning, in which he informed me that I was not allowed to go out, to communicate with people or to meet with them because in the meetings that I had been present in, or on social media relating to visits that I had made, there has been criticism of the government or the king", Hamzah said in a video published by the BBC, where he was speaking in English.

The news comes as a shock in the desert kingdom, a close regional ally of the USA often lauded for its stability in a crisis-ridden neighborhood.

The Washington Post said Jordanian authorities detained Hamza and arrested almost 20 other people after what officials called a "threat to the country's stability".

"All the procedures were conducted within the framework of the law and after being required as a result of vigorous investigations", he said.

The prince is now under house arrest for his alleged involvement in a plot seeking a coup d'etat and a security sweep.

"The kingdom stresses its full support for the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan. and for the decisions and measures taken by King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein to safeguard security and stability", it said.

Safadi, who also holds the title of deputy prime minister, said intelligence agents had been observing the plotters for some time and raised their concerns with the king.

People familiar with the affair said the crackdown could have been related to a plot to destabilise Jordan, a key ally of the United States.

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Arab countries across the Middle East issued strong statements in favour of Abdullah.

At least seven other countries including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Kuwait have released statements expressing their support for King Abdullah.

Stability in Jordan and the status of the king have always been matters of concern throughout the region, particularly during the Trump administration, which gave unprecedented support to Israel and sought to isolate the Palestinians, including by slashing funding for Palestinian refugees. Nevertheless, King Hussein insisted on putting Hamzah next in line to the throne after Abdullah. He also pointed to the decline in Jordan's economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

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