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Lawmakers donate 100,000 dinars for labour hit by pandemic

[3/28/2020 10:05:49 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Lower House Saturday announced a donation of 100,000 dinars to the labour sector that was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Speaker Atef Tarawneh said in a statement that the donation came from the financial surplus for the month of March, adding that this amount is added to the same sum that the lawmaker offered previously to the Ministry of Health. He also said that more monthly donations by the chamber are coming, calling for setting up a fund for labour hit by the current situation.

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Police urges public to use hotline only for extreme emergencies

[3/25/2020 7:12:23 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Public Security Department (PSD) on Wednesday urged citizens to use the 911 hotline for extreme emergencies and urgent medical cases only, after receiving 319,000 calls, most of which were non-urgent calls. In a statement, the PSD's spokesperson called on citizens not to overwhelm medical or security agencies with non-urgent calls.

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JMC : Ship movements coming to Aqaba "closely monitored"

[3/9/2020 4:22:49 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Director General of the Jordan Maritime Commission (JMC), Muhammad Salman, said the JMC closely monitors movements of all ships that come the Aqaba port, southern Jordan, whether tourist, goods, and containers vessels, 30 days before reaching the territorial waters in coordination with shipping agents. The JMC is considering the possibility of banning a cruise ship from queuing up at the Aqaba Ports docks, scheduled to arrive on March 26th and carries 3000 tourists of various nationalities, including 700 Italian tourists, Salman said Monday in a statement. Salman stressed that the decision will be taken as a precaution due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), especially since the cruise ship is touring a large number of countries within its tourism program, including the city of Aqaba.

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Jordan Bars Entry of Non-Jordanians from Iran, South Korea, China

[2/24/2020 1:52:00 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordanian government said on Sunday it was denying entry of non-Jordanians coming from Iran, South Korea, on top of a previous ban on those coming from China as a precautionary measure against the new coronavirus. The decision entered into effect on Sunday after the spike in the number of confirmed cases of infection in South Korea and Iran, said State Minister for Media Affairs Amjad Adayleh. As for Jordanians arriving from the three countries, the minister said they will be subjected to a two-week precautionary quarantine. The government, he announced, has also upped health control measures at all border crossings and airports, in line with the precautionary measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). On Sunday, head of Al-Bashir Hospital Dr. Mahmoud Zureiqat told Asharq Al-Awsat that there were no coronavirus cases in the country. He said the Health Ministry examined 150 people who arrived from China to Jordan, adding that nine people were placed in quartantine at the hospital to ensure they are not infected. “We expect five cases to be discharged from hospital after undergoing medical examinations in the past 14 days,” Zureiqat said. Since the outbreak of the virus in China in December, Jordan has taken a series of measures by installing thermal scanners at its entire border crossings. On Sunday, the Jordan Maritime Commission (JMC) raised the alert level as a safety measure against the novel coronavirus, which has started to spread to many neighboring countries. In a statement, Director General of the JMC Muhammad Salman said all vessels entering Jordanian waters will be screened for the virus. In the event of a suspected case of infection, the ship will not be allowed to disembark and will remain at sea until tests give the all clear, he pointed out. On Sunday, King Abdullah reaffirmed, in a cable to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Jordan’s solidarity with China in countering the coronavirus, expressing confidence in its efforts to contain it. *Asharq Al-awsat

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Jordanian expats donate gloves, face masks to China

[2/4/2020 9:25:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Four Jordanians have donated 10,000 gloves and 5,000 face masks to the entry and exit bureau in Yiwu city, the Chinese People's Daily reported Tuesday. The donors said after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan they bought gloves and face masks for the bureau's personnel, who "work day and night to control the epidemic and protect us from it." The expats, who have been living in the city for years, also voiced confidence in China's ability to eradicate the virus, the newspaper said. Yiwu is one of China's main trade cities and a home of more than 500 Jordanian merchants.

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Sit-in staged near US embassy in protest of so-called "Deal of the Century"

[1/28/2020 12:08:23 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Grassroots and partisan forces on Tuesday staged a sit-in in front of the U.S. embassy in Amman in protest of the so-called "Deal of the Century" which U.S. President Donald Trump has just announced. The protesters expressed the Jordanian and Palestinian people's rejection of the deal, stressing that the nation cannot give up Palestine and Jerusalem and its sanctities. They chanted that the deal "will fall, no matter how strong the state behind it is." The protesters called on the Arab countries not to accept this deal because it would lead to the destruction of the nation if it is approved, and would contribute to more tension in the region. They affirmed the necessity of unity at these times and standing behind the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II, who affirmed Jordan’s rejection of this deal.

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Israel army sends more troops to Jordan Valley ahead of Trump plan release

[1/28/2020 6:07:37 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The Israel army announced it was deploying an additional infantry battalion to the Jordan Valley on Tuesday, hours before the release of US President Donald Trump’s plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The military said it was conducting constant situational assessments amid concerns of violence in response to the long-awaited proposal, which the Palestinian Authority has preemptively rejected. Trump’s plan is scheduled to be released to the public at 7 p.m. Israel time. According to unconfirmed reports in Hebrew media, PA President Mahmoud Abbas instructed Palestinian security not to stop protesters from confronting Israeli forces in the West Bank as the US releases the plan. According to the Ynet news site, Abbas said: “We need to enlist all the young people. Stay out on the streets. We’re going to be on emergency footing in the coming days… Ahead of us are difficult days and we will need to bear the consequences of refusing the agreement.” The several hundred soldiers that were set to be deployed to Israel army Jordan Valley Division have been conducting training exercises and come from the Golani Brigade’s reconnaissance battalion. The Jordan Valley has been a source of contention in recent months, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to apply Israeli sovereignty to the region if elected in the upcoming parliamentary elections. His main rival, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, has made similar calls, but stressed the need for international agreement on the matter. The Jordan Valley is a key strategic region running north-south along the Jordanian border that has long been seen by Israeli defense planners and political leaders as the country’s preferred eastern frontier. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump’s plan proposes that Israel would have sovereignty over much of the valley. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet Trump at the White House on Tuesday for the unveiling of the administration’s plan — the second meeting of the two leaders in as many days. The two leaders will deliver joint remarks for 35 minutes. “Peace in the Middle East has been long sought, for many, many years and decades and centuries. This is an opportunity. We’ll see what happens. Whatever it is, it is,” Trump said Monday in the White House Rose Garden, standing next to Netanyahu. *Israeli Media

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