The king’s half-brother asked to stop “activities” in Jordan

The details of the operation and the arrests in Jordan are so far unclear. Some messages that were shared online on Saturday were that King Abdullah II’s half-brother, Prince Hamzah, had been arrested and that it was a coup attempt.

The chief of staff of the Jordanian army, Yousef Huneiti, denies that the prince has been arrested.

He says, however, that Prince Hamzah has been asked to “stop some movements and activities that have been used to affect Jordan’s security and stability.”

Huneiti adds that an investigation is underway, and that the results will be published in “transparent and clear” form.

– No one is above the law, and Jordan’s security and stability are top priority, he says to the official news agency Petra.

The statements from the Chief of General Staff come after previous reports of arrests in the country that have attracted attention.

Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, who was chief of staff in 2007 and 2008, is among those arrested. Awadallah has also been Minister of Planning and Finance and is said to have had close ties to the country’s King Abdullah II.

The news agency Petra also reports that Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, former royal envoy to Saudi Arabia, has been arrested.

What they are suspected of is so far not known. So far, no information has been received about who the other apprehended are.

Jordan has long been an important ally of Western countries and a stable island in a troubled region. The country borders Israel, Palestine, Syria and Iraq.

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