Jordan 'foils coup attempt involving royal family members, senior

Royal Hashemite Court Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session in Amman Jordan. Jordan’s army chief of staff says the half-brother

Jordan's former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has sent a video message through his lawyer, saying he is under house arrest and criticising the way the country is being governed.

The new king named Hamzah, who was believed to have been the favourite of Hussein's 11 children, the Crown Prince, making him next in line.

Arrests of top officials close to royal family members are rare in Jordan.

Videos posted online showed a heavy police deployment in the Dabouq area near the royal palaces on the edge of Amman, while former crown prince Hamzah bin Hussein said he was confined to his home.

BBC said the move to arrest high-profile officials was after a visit by Hamza to tribal leaders, where he claimed he secured support.

Petra had earlier reported that two senior officials who formerly worked for the palace "and others" had been arrested for "security reasons", without providing further details. Prince Hamzah was asked to stop targeting Jordan's security and stability by the Jordanian government, although authorities deny he is under house arrest.

"Praying that truth and justice will prevail for all the innocent victims of this wicked slander. God bless and keep them safe", she tweeted.

Abdullah came to the throne in 1999 when their father, King Al Hussein bin Talal, died of cancer. Any astute observer will say if someone this close to MBS is involved he would have to know, said the former USA official.

The United States, which considers Jordan a critical ally and has partnered with the country for years on US -led counterterrorism operations, said that Abdullah had its "full support".

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.

Jordan prince says he has been placed under house arrest
Most dramatically, the Jordanian military ordered the house arrest of the popular former crown prince Hamzeh bin Hussein. Many countries and groups have reacted saying King Abdullah has their full support.

Saudi Arabia said it supports King Abdullah's decision to maintain the security of his country, according to a statement published by the Saudi Press Agency Saturday.

Senior Emirati official Anwar Gargash said on Twitter Jordan's "wise policy to build bridges in a turbulent region was not an easy choice but was, and remains, the necessary direction".

In addition to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Lebanon reiterated their support for King Abdullah.

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

Al-Hunaiti denied this, but said that Hamzah was asked to refrain from activities that could be damaging to the kingdom's stability. He has cultivated strong ties with several USA administrations, but, in recent years, sparred with former president Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over proposed Israeli plans to annex the West Bank and bypass the Palestinians in a bid for Israeli normalization with the rest Arab world.

Multiple countries have expressed their support for King Abdullah after the arrests were made.

Security forces in Jordan are understood to have detained almost 20 people in total, including a former adviser to the head of state, on "security related grounds".

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that we stand by the sisterly Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the king, the government, and the people", official Palestinian news agency WAFA said in a statement.

"We support the decisions taken by King Abdullah II to preserve Jordan's security and ensure its stability and unity".

Tribes who dominate the security and army form the bedrock of support for the kingdom's Hashemite monarchy.

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