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Jordan Says 50,000 Syrians Stranded on Border

Around 50,000 Syrians are stranded in no-man's land along the border with Jordan, a three-fold increase since January because of increased security checks, state news agency Petra reported Monday.

The agency, quoting government spokesman Mohamed Momani, said the estimated 50,000 refugees were massed around the desert border posts of Hadalat and Rokban.

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Jordan Summons Envoy over Iran 'Meddling'

Jordan on Monday summoned its ambassador in Iran for consultations over what Amman said was the Islamic republic's "meddling in Arab affairs," a government spokesman said.

Mohamed Momani, who is also the kingdom’s information minister, said Jordan's envoy would return to Amman for "discussions".

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Jordan Shuts down more Muslim Brotherhood Offices

Jordanian security services on Thursday pressed ahead with closures of offices of the Muslim Brotherhood, the kingdom's main opposition force, which vowed to fight the measure in the courts.

Brotherhood spokesman Badi al-Rafaia said its offices were sealed off with red wax in the towns of Mafraq, 70 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Amman, and Madaba, 30 kilometers (30 miles) to the south of the capital.

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Jordan Security Services 'Shut Muslim Brotherhood HQ'

Jordanian security services on Wednesday closed the Amman headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's main opposition force, which denounced the move as politically motivated.

Previously tolerated for decades in Jordan, the Brotherhood has had tense relations with the authorities since the Arab Spring uprisings that shook the region in 2011.

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Jordan Says to Install Cameras at Jerusalem Mosque Compound in Days

Jordan said on Sunday it will set up security cameras around Jerusalem's flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in the coming days to monitor any Israeli "violations."

In October, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry endorsed a plan to install cameras at the site in a bid to calm repeated disturbances, after talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed.

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Jordan Journalist Held Incommunicado in UAE, Says Rights Group

A Jordanian journalist has been detained for nearly two months in the United Arab Emirates without access to his family or a lawyer, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

The watchdog said Tayseer al-Najjar, 42, was arrested late last year in Abu Dhabi while attempting to board a flight home, and has not been heard from since he appeared in court on December 13.

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U.N. Refugee Chief 'Understands' Jordan Security Fears

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Monday he fully understands the security concerns which have led Jordan to limit the flow of refugees entering the country from war-torn Syria.

"We have full appreciation and understanding for Jordan's security concerns," the UNHCR chief said on a visit to Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Amman.

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Syrians Fleeing War Take Chances at Remote Jordan Crossing

Abdelhadi Zarara, six children in tow, juggles with his emotions as he crosses into Jordan, as thousands of other Syrian refugees wait in no-man's land hoping their turn will come.

Zarara, 39, says "there was nothing left for me in Syria," where his wife was killed a few months ago in a regime bombardment that also destroyed the family home in southern Daraa province.

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IS-Linked Jihadists Claim Attack on Sinai Pipeline to Jordan

The Egyptian branch of the jihadist Islamic State group on Thursday said it had bombed a pipeline that carries gas to Jordan and to a major industrial zone in north Sinai.

Security sources confirmed that attackers set off explosive devices under the pipeline close to Al-Midan village in the north of the peninsula. They said the blasts did not cause any casualties.

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Two Jordan Police Killed in Shooting near Syria Border

Two Jordanian policemen have died after assailants opened fire on their vehicle while it was on patrol overnight near the Syrian border, authorities said Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, which took place in Jordan's northern Irbid governorate bordering war-torn Syria.

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