Head men and elders from Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan affirmed their loyalty to King Hussein in an Amman ceremony yesterday (Thursday).
Head men and elders from Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan affirmed their loyalty to King Hussein in an Amman ceremony yesterday (Thursday). The king drew cheers and applause when he pledged his life in support of Palestinian rights and an attempt to reclaim Jerusalem. The event came at a time when refugee camps were being searched for illegal arms.
SYNOPSIS: At a time when Palestinian camps in Jordan are being searched for illegal arms, King Hussein confronted head men and elders from the camps at an Amman ceremony on Thursday. There are about a dozen camps in Jordan housing between eighty-five and ninety thousand Palestinians. Representatives of all the camps were present to meet the King--and one after another they affirmed their loyalty and support to King Hussein.
The king joined in the applause at the end of the affirmations. Then he made a speech pledging his life in support of Palestinian rights and an attempt to reclaim Jerusalem. Even as the King was speaking, the government's efforts to defuse the tension in Amman by searching out hidden weapons was continuing. The hunt was to ensure that Palestinian commandos who had pulled out of the capital earlier in the week, had taken the bulk of their weapons with them. By Thursday, the search had uncovered over three hundred crates of explosives and thousands of grenades, rockets and flamethrowers.