Former Jordanian Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein was put under house arrest early Saturday after allegedly plotting a coup against his half brother King Abdullah, sources familiar with the situation tell Axios.
Driving the news: The Jordanian security forces went on a spree of arrests of former Jordanian officials, among them former chief of the royal court Bassem Awadallah, Prince Hamza’s chief of staff Yasser Majali and former Jordanian envoy to Saudi Arabia Hassan Bin Zayed.
- A security official told the official Jordanian news agency Petra that all suspects other than the crown prince had been under surveillance for some time and were arrested on security charges.
- Petra denied that Hamza was under house arrest or arrested.
- The Washington Post first reported about the former crown prince arrest.
The big picture: Jordan sent a message to Israel earlier Saturday that “the situation is under control” after the wave of arrests and there is no threat to the stability of the kingdom.
- Israeli officials told Axios the message was passed by Jordanian military officials to their Israeli counterparts