Jordan confirms series of arrests, doesn’t specify if ex-crown prince detained

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s state news agency says that two former senior palace officials “and others” have been arrested for “security reasons.”

The Petra report says Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, the former royal envoy to Saudi Arabia, and Basem Ibrahim Awadallah, the former head of the royal court, were detained. Awadallah also previously served as planning minister and finance minister.

The report doesn’t provide further details or name the others who were arrested. The Washington Post had said among those arrested was Prince Hamza bin Hussein, the former crown prince and half brother of King Abdullah II.

Jordan has long been a key Western ally and an island of stability in a turbulent region. It borders Israel, the West Bank, Syria and Iraq.