Israeli authorities on Tuesday caught a Palestinian man at Israel’s border with Jordan trying to smuggle 14 European goldfinches’ birds in his trousers.
Israel’s chief liaison office with the Palestinians, COGAT, reported in a statement that the man was stopped at the Allenby Bridge crossing after security guards noticed an unusual bulge in his trousers.
COGAT said when they searched the culprit they found the 14 goldfinches, which are considered wild birds, tied to his legs and he was handed over to the police as he did not have the necessary permits for the birds.
According to COGAT, the man said he had bought the birds in Jordan and wanted to sell them in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Allenby Bridge crossing Commander Hadi Khatib called the incident a serious smuggling attempt and vowed to prevent wildlife trade.
“We shall continue to operate relentlessly and collaborate with all parties on struggling and eradicating this alarming phenomenon,’’ he said.
(Edited & Vetted By: Hadiza Mohammed/Emmanuel Yashim)
People attend Eid al-Adha prayers in Amman, Jordan
Jordan protests Israel’s “violations” against Al-Aqsa Mosque
Jordan said on Thursday it sent Israel a memo via diplomatic channels, urging Israel to respect the sanctity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and stop all violations there.
Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Deifallah Al-Fayez denounced the continued Israeli “violations” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the most recent of which was Israel’s allowing hundreds of Jewish extremists to storm the mosque on Thursday.
“What occurred today is an irresponsible and rejected act that provokes the feelings of all the Muslims,” Al-Fayez said in a statement.
The official emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims, adding that the Jerusalem Awqaf Department, which is affiliated to Jordan, is the only institution for administering the affairs of the mosque.
He also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility by ending the Israeli “violations” of the status quo at the mosque.
Jordan extends working hours during Eid al-Adha
Jordan on Thursday decided to extend the working hours to 1:00 a.m. local time every day for all economic sectors during Eid al-Adha, and the decision will be implemented from Thursday.
Jordanian Minister of Industry and Trade Tariq Hammouri said in a statement the decision was taken in coordination with the private sector to enable the public to buy their needs during the festival, and the curfew on movement will start from 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m.
Also the same day, Jordan’s Health Ministry said four cases of coronavirus were reported in the country, increasing the tally to 1,191.
The ministry added that 23 persons recovered, increasing the overall number of recoveries to 1,072.
Jordan calls for political solution to Libya crisis
Jordan on Wednesday stressed the importance of intensifying efforts to achieve a political solution to Libya crisis.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi made the remarks at a meeting with the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Aqila Saleh.
Safadi said the political solution should be reached through inter-Libyan dialogue that halts the deterioration of the situation, protects Libyan people and safeguards the sovereignty and unity of Libya.
Saleh lauded Jordan’s support to Libya, expressing appreciation for the country’s efforts towards reaching a political solution to end the Libyan crisis, serving Arab interests and achieving security and stability.