On High Alert: Jordanian Warplanes Spotted Along Syrian Border (Video)

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On High Alert: Jordanian Warplanes Spotted Along Syrian Border (Video)

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, warplanes of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) were 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 warplanes, most likely the F-16, maneuvering over the border. According to him, the warplanes penetrated Syria’s airspace for short while. Video was shared on YouTube.

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 home 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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