Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fighter pilots fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft while waiting to connect for fuel over Jordan Oct. 19, 2009, (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Cook/Released)
On April 4, a warplane of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) was spotted flying on low altitude along the Kingdom’s border with Syria.
A local shepherd from the southern Syrian governorate of al-Suwayda shared a video of the RJAF warplane, most likely an F-16, maneuvering over the border. According to the shepherd, the warplane penetrated Syria’s airspace for a short while.
The RJAF is not usually that active along the border with Syria. However, the situation in Jordan today is far from being usual. Late on April 3, the Jordanian military, security forces and intelligence foiled an alleged plot to overthrow the ruling regime.
Former Crown-Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, half-brother of King Abdullah II, was placed under house arrest. At least 16 of the prince’s friends and close aides were arrested.
Amman accused prince Hamzah and his friends, some of whom are well-known businessmen, of plotting a coup d’état with support from foreign powers. Ayman Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister, said that investigations into the plot are still ongoing and a “legal path” will be followed.
The situation in Jordan remains tense. The Jordanian military, which is highly loyal to the King, was apparently placed on high-alert to confront any possible developments.
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