Former Jordanian Crown Prince 'under house arrest'

Police officers at a checkpoint in Amman Jordan

But at the same time it said that he had earlier been ordered to stop his actions which they alleged could be used to target the country's "security and stability".

Ibrahim noted that former Prince Hamzah's criticism of corruption and the country's ruling elite "does resonate with some of the king's critics domestically".

The official emphasized that an investigation is ongoing to determine the involvement of the prince and foreign parties that threatened Jordan's security and stability.

"The secretary-general of the Arab League expressed full solidarity with the measures taken by the Jordanian leadership to maintain the security of the kingdom and maintain the stability", the Arab League said in a statement on its Facebook page, citing Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

Abdullah stripped his half-brother Hamzah of his title as crown prince in 2004, saying he had chose to "free" him from the "constraints of the position" in order to allow him to take on other responsibilities. "I'm not part of any conspiracy or nefarious organization or foreign-backed group, as is always the claim here for anyone who speaks out".

The agency did not provide further details or name the others who were arrested.

Senior members of Jordan's royal family have been arrested or censured by the country's military, which said it was trying to prevent people who targeted the "security and stability" of the country. Awadallah is a former Cabinet minister and one-time head of the royal court.

The deputy prime minister said authorities arrested between 14 to 16 people, as well as two main top officials. Among the communications intercepted were conversations between foreign intelligence agents and Prince Hamza's wife to arrange for a plane to be sent to take the couple away. the country. "It's a break from the traditions and values of the Hashemite family", he said.

"I recorded this video to make it clear that what has been said officially is not a reflection of what is actually happening on the ground", he said in a video statement.

Countries like Egypt, the U.S. and the Saudi Arabia have expressed support for King Abdullah.

Jordan's allies in the Gulf region have said they support the Jordanian authorities following media reports of a possible plot.

The U.S. considers Jordan a major ally, granting it access to military equipment and assistance. Jordan is home to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees, most of whom have Jordanian citizenship.

Nevertheless, Jordanians are trying to make sense of the palace intrigue.

Jordan, which is now under a nightly covid curfew that is set to expire in mid-May, has been hit hard economically by the coronavirus pandemic as well as by the fallout from massive waves of refugees from neighboring Syria. The countries maintain close security ties, but relations have otherwise been tense in recent years, largely due to differences linked to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

According to al-Jazeera TV station, Prince Hamza said in a video message on Saturday evening that he was under house arrest and that the army command had told him that he should not have contact with would be.