World Bulletin / News Desk
More than 15,000 Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered at a pro-Hamas rally in Jordan's capital on Friday, the largest such protest in Amman in years.
Most of the more than 7 million people in Jordan, a staunch U.S. ally, are of Palestinian origin - they or their parents having been expelled or fled to Jordan in the war that led to the 1948 establishment of Israel.
Politicians and analysts say Hamas's popularity also has soared among non-Palestinian Jordanians as a result of the group's determined fight against the Israeli invaders.
"In the coming phase, after negotiations failed, the only thing left is the flag of resistance which was behind the victory in Gaza," said Zaki Bani Rusheid, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
In contrast to other Arab states, where the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned and its followers persecuted, Jordan has tolerated the group's presence.
Private and public institutions have rushed to raise donations for the Palestinians in Gaza, and Jordan's King Abdullah donated blood on Tuesday. Prayers have been held in mosques to commemorate those killed in Gaza.
Jordan, which along with Egypt has a peace treaty with Israel, this week rejected calls by demonstrators, opposition parties and some mainstream politicians to expel Israel's ambassador and severe ties, saying it would be a counter-productive move.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said Jordan was using its diplomatic leverage with Israel to facilitate the flow of large supplies of humanitarian aid, turning it into the main aid conduit to Gaza via Israel.
Four security personnel were killed when a bomber blew up himself outside the Prophet's Mosque last year
King Salman received Merkel in his palace in the western city of Jeddah, SPA state news agency said, adding that the two presided over a signing ceremony for several cooperation agreements.
The criminal court in Cairo also sentenced to death two other people, who are in detention, for the same convictions, a security and a judicial official said.
The early morning strike targeted a car in central Marib province that had been transporting arms from Yakla in Baida province, a military official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Addressing thousands of supporters who waved Iranian flags and held pictures of their candidate, he blamed Rouhani and foreign powers for Iran's economic woes.
Abbas’s visit comes days before he travels to Washington for talks with Trump
Al-Qaeda militants attack a security checkpoint in Lahij province
Syria withdrew from Lebanon in 2005 following PM Hariri's assassination
Worshippers released yellow and white balloons with Francis, flanked by security, circling the Cairo stadium on a golf cart and waving to the crowds as a chorus sang a joyous hymn.
Regime warplanes target Idlib, rebel-held Damascus, according to local civil defense sources
Pope’s visit coincides with 70th anniversary of launch of diplomatic relations between Egypt, Vatican
Decision follows Agramunt's March visit to Syria, and meeting with President Bashar al-Assad
Recently-appointed governor of southern Abyan province comes under fire while en route to Aden
Syrian Democratic Forces largely made up of PKK/PYD members, security officials say
The 80-year-old pontiff is due in Cairo around 1400 (1200 GMT) and his 27 hours on Egyptian soil will include a meeting with the grand imam of the Al-Azhar mosque, sealing a recent improvement in relations between Catholicism and the Sunni branch of Islam.
The GCC was formed in the wake of Iran's 1979 revolution and includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.