Prince Hamzah bin Hussein of Jordan's 'house arrest' message in full

Police officers at a checkpoint in Amman Jordan

Meanwhile, several of his associates have been arrested.

"This is my last form of communication, satellite internet, that I have".

Prince Hamzah is not seen as a major threat to Jordan's monarchy and has been marginalised for years, but the move against him represents the first such incident involving a close member of the royal family since King Abdullah came to the throne. "And I've been informed by the company that they're instructed to cut it, so it may be the last time, I'm able to communicate", Hamzah said.

'At least 20 more people involved with Prince Hamzah have been arrested.

"I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, the corruption and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years and has been getting worse ... and I am not responsible for the lack of faith people have in their institutions", he said. "I doubt that this could be more than talk of disgruntled people, important as they are", he said.

Unfortunately this country has become stymied in corruption, in nepotism and in misrule, and the result has been the destruction or the loss of hope that is apparent in pretty much every Jordanian.

A senior Middle East intelligence official briefed on the events told the Washington Post that investigations were ongoing into an attempt to unseat the king.

US -educated Bassem Awadallah, a long-time confidant of the king who later became minister of finance, and Sharif Hassan Ben Zaid, a member of the royal family were detained along with other unnamed figures, Petra said.

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A Jordanian palace advisor told the Post that more arrests could follow.

"It could be a failed coup attempt, but nobody knows the exact details".

Following "comprehensive investigations by security services", Hamzah was "asked to stop activities and movements that are employed to target the security and stability of Jordan", al-Hunaiti said in a statement.

Yaser al-Majali, director of Hamzah's office, and Adnan Abu Hammad, who manages the prince's palace, are among the detainees.

He said Sharif Hassan Bin Zeid and former minister Bassem Awadallah, and others, were arrested as part of it. Some local websites in Jordan say he holds Saudi citizenship. He has cultivated strong ties with several US administrations, but, in recent years, sparred with former president Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over proposed Israeli plans to annex the West Bank and bypass the Palestinians in a bid for Israeli normalization with the rest Arab world. He served as Jordan's special envoy to Saudi Arabia, but Abdullah removed him from the role in 2018 over what were said to be his overly close ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

The pair share a father in the late King Hussein, but have different mothers.

"The Iraqi government affirms that it stands with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, in any steps taken to preserve the security and stability of the country and take care of the interests of the brotherly people of Jordan, in a way that boosts their presence, by relying on measures that aim to extend the respect of the state", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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