Jordan officials arrested members of the royal family in an apparently disturbed coup attempt


King Abdullah II of Jordan speaks to US Vice President Mike Pence across the table while having lunch at Amman's royal palace.

King Abdullah II of Jordan speaks to US Vice President Mike Pence across the table at lunch in 2018 at Amman’s royal palace. (Khalil Mazraawi / Agence-France Presse)

State news reported on Saturday that Jordanian officials had arrested many senior officials and members of the royal family in a case that allegedly prevented an attempted coup.

There were also unconfirmed reports that the former prince was under house arrest.

The announcement was made by the state-owned Petra News Agency, stating that Sharif Hassan Binzaid, a member of the royal family, and Basem Awadara, a prominent official who once ran the royal family, were “arrested for safety.” Quoted an unnamed official. “Reason” along with “Other” after “Close monitoring”.

“Investigation of the problem is underway,” said a source.

The news shocked the desert kingdom. Close US regional allies often praised stability in endangered areas.

Social media observers and activists said Drugnet had taken Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, a former crown prince and brother-in-law, to Abdullah II of Jordan. The monarch replaced him with his eldest son Hussein four years after his rule.

According to unconfirmed reports on social media, a unit of 20 vehicles attacked Hamza’s house on the outskirts of West Amman, arrested him at home, and detained members of his security details. ..

According to Basma al-Majari, a member of the family who wrote about the incident on Twitter, the head of his office, Yassel Majari, was picked up after heavy armed groups rushed into his relatives’ homes. It was. “I lost communication with them over three hours ago,” she tweeted.

Al Mamlaka News, a state-owned news broadcaster, denied that Prince Hamza had been detained.

Jordan’s 59-year-old king came to power after his father died in 1999. Since then, he has been the top ally of the United States, often allowing US troops to deploy operations from Jordanian territory and participate in anti-Islamic State campaigns.

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..