Jordan reveals more details on alleged Hamas plots
Jordan has arrested 20 suspects and seized Iranian-made Katyusha rockets in its probe of alleged plots by Hamas to carry out attacks in the kingdom, a government spokesman said. "Twenty people have been arrested in the Hamas weapons case," Nasser Jawdeh told reporters Wednesday, AFP reported. He said the arrests took place three weeks ago.
"Katyusha rockets made in Iran were among the weapons seized," he revealed. "The investigation with the suspects allowed us to discover new weapons and schemes" for attacks in Jordan, Jawdeh said.
Weapons seized included "Grad rockets, Lau rocket launchers, machine guns and mines" which the Islamist faction was stockpiling in Jordan, Jawdeh said.
According to him, the investigation also uncovered "attempts to recruit individuals in Jordan on behalf of the movement (Hamas) and to bring recruits from the Palestinian territories to send them to Syria and Iran for training". The militants were due to get training in "military, security and intelligence" sectors, Jawdeh said.
According to the AP, he spoke as a Palestinian security team, led by Maj. Gen. Tareq Abu Rajab, the head of Palestinian General Intelligence, commenced a two-day visit to Jordan to investigate the evidence against Hamas.