Fearing an uptick in terrorism, Jordan has banned Hamas’ terror leader from entering the country.
Jordan has reportedly rejected a request by Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal to visit the Hashemite kingdom.
According to sources within Jordan, the country’s authorities told Mashaal that he is currently “unwelcome” in the country.
“The decision to prevent Mashaal from visiting Jordan is now politically motivated,” the sources said according to a Jerusalem Post report.
Mashaal was expelled from Jordan in 1999 and has resided abroad in a number of Arab states including Syria and Qatar. The Hamas leader was hoping to visit Jordan and congratulate senior Muslim Brotherhood official Zaki Bani Ershaid, who is scheduled to be released from jail in January.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which was declared a terrorist organization in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, is the most organized and powerful opposition movement within Jordan and is viewed as a potential threat to King Abdullah. Hamas, led by Mashaal, is its branch in Gaza.
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