US Embassy in Jordan warns of threat in Aqaba

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 16, 2010 01:12

AMMAN, Jordan – The US embassies in Jordan and Israel warned Americans Wednesday of a "possible imminent threat" in the Red Sea port of Aqaba and recommended avoiding the Jordanian resort city for the next 48 hours.

However, Jordan tried to dampen fears of a terrorist threat, saying its own assessment differed.

In Washington, two US officials said the warning was issued after getting credible intelligence from the Israelis about a possible imminent attack.

But the officials said the threat has since passed and that the embassy in Amman will be putting out a revised statement soon. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about intelligence matters.

In Jordan, an Amman-based Western diplomat confirmed that the warning was prompted by Israeli intelligence about a possible rocket attack on Aqaba.


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