Tension eased in the Jordanian capital of Ammam today (Sunday) after four clashes yesterday between Arab commandos and Jordanian troops.
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Background: Tension eased in the Jordanian capital of Ammam today (Sunday) after four clashes yesterday between Arab commandos and Jordanian troops. It was feared that the fighting might lead to overall confrontation between the two sides. The peace came only hours after King Hussein broke his long public silence and made a plea over radio and television for restraint.
During his speech, King Hussein appealed to the commando leaders for responsible action and statements. He affirmed his support for the resistance movement and described as imaginary the commandos' fears of troop movements around Amman and other towns.
The King said that the commandos grew up under the protection of the Jordanian army and Government, and should not now turn against the country.
Commando operations responded to the King's appeal, and only a few hours after his speech they promised to try all their men who had committed violations. It's thought that their stern words and action were responsible for keeping the uneasy peace existing between the Jordanian army and the commandos.