Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi said on Sunday that Hamzah and others were planning to "undermine the security" of Jordan, adding that a total of 14-16 people had been arrested on security charges, in addition to two previously reported arrests. The rare video blamed the government for corruption, incompetence and intolerance for public dissent and was viewed as a scathing critique of the ruling monarch - though King Abdullah II was not mentioned by name.
Former Crown Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, the half-brother of King Abdullah II, claimed in a video statement obtained by the BBC that he has been put in isolation, his communication has been cut off, and has been told by the military that he shouldn't leave, suggesting he has been put under house arrest.
Hamzah has been popular among Jordanians in part because he looks and sounds like his late father.
"Damage has happened. For the first time we have someone rocking the image of that peaceful, stable kingdom", said a former minister.
According to al-Jazeera TV station, Prince Hamza said in a video message on Saturday evening that he was under house arrest and that the army command had told him that he should not have contact with anyone.it would be.
"I believe that King Abdullah strengthened his authority and that his son, Hussein, consolidated himself as heir to the throne", said Jawad al Anani, who was the last head of the court during the reign of the late King Hussein.in 1999.
On Saturday (3), the armed forces arrested 20 people during an operation and warned the minister against actions against "the security and stability" of Jordan - a country ally of the United States.
"No one is above the law and Jordan's security and stability are above all", he told the official Petra news agency.
The General added that a comprehensive joint investigations carried out by the security services led to the arrests of Sharif Hassan Bin Zaid and Bassan Awadallah and others. "It's a break from the traditions and values of the Hashemite family", he said.
Hamzah has said all his staff members have been arrested, and that he and his family have been placed in a palace outside the capital Amman.
"We are confident the worldwide community will work hard to ensure that the deficiencies in the [2015 nuclear accord] are eventually addressed and they will also address the regional instability that is caused by Iran's activities", he said.
The U.S. considers Jordan a major ally, granting it access to military equipment and assistance.
FILE - In this December 10, 2020 photo released by the Royal Hashemite Court, Jordan's King Abdullah II gives a speech during the inauguration of the 19th Parliament's non-ordinary session, in Amman Jordan.
Prince Faisal said there were no direct channels between Saudi Arabia and Iran but that the Saudi kingdom was ready to talk "if Iran changes its behaviour". Jordan is home to more than 2 million Palestinian refugees, most of whom have Jordanian citizenship.
Although originally a key opponent of Israel, the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1994, and now maintain stable relations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a severe blow to Jordan's economy, pushing unemployment to record levels and deepening poverty.