Jordan summons Israeli ambassador over arrest of 2 Jordanians

Jordan summoned the Israeli Ambassador in Amman and relayed a "strongly-worded message" protesting the detention of two Jordanians in Israel.

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On Sunday, the Consul at the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv visited the two Jordanians arrested in Israel, Musab Daajah and Khalifeh Onouz, according to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Daifallah al-Fayez.

The Consul checked on the conditions of Daajah and Onouz, listened to their demands and checked on their detention circumstances, Fayez said in a ministry statement.

The spokesperson said that the ministry will continue to follow up on the issue with Israeli authorities to guarantee Daajah and Onouz’s legal and humanitarian rights in line with international law, stressing that Israeli authorities must respect all their rights and is responsible for their safety.

He added that the ministry will continue working on their release, while the embassy will continue visiting them and checking on their conditions.

Throughout the 11-day conflict this month between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, demonstrations were held almost daily in Jordan in solidarity with the Palestinians, including demands for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

The Jordanian parliament unanimously presented a memo to the government demanding the expulsion of the Israeli Ambassador in Amman.

At the time, official media quoted Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh as saying that the government will study the request “in accordance with our national interest”.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his Middle East trip with a visit to Jerusalem and Gaza, where he met Israeli and Palestinian officials, announcing that his country would press on with a plan to reopen its consulate in Jerusalem and vowing to rally support for Gaza, without helping Hamas.

Blinken also headed to Egypt and Jordan as part of a diplomatic mission to shore up the Palestinian-Israeli ceasefire.

About half of Jordan’s 10 million population is of Palestinian origin, including about 2.2 million refugees registered with the United Nations.

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