Jordan to open some land border crossings for travellers

Jordan’s reopening of some land border crossings would be subject to protocols and procedures through the government’s online travel platform. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 25 October 2020

Jordan to open some land border crossings for travellers

DUBAI: Jordan will reopen some land border crossings for travellers as the Kingdom eases coronavirus restrictions and put into place protocols and procedures through its online travel platform.

The land border crossings – Al-Mudawara border crossing, the King Hussein Bridge, and the Sheikh Hussein Bridge – will start receiving travellers according to procedures and controls for the number of travellers for each crossing, state news agency Petra said.

The allowed movements would be in accordance to health protocols and procedures that require pre-registration on the visit Jordan e-platform, Ali Al-Ayed, the Minister of State for Media Affairs, said in the report.

Al-Ayed explained that the decision reopen some border crossings would balance the urgent need for many Jordanians to return via land to the Kingdom with efforts to control infection cases from abroad to limit the spread of the pandemic.

The government will further issue information on procedures at each border crossing, he said.


Turkey orders detention of 82 military personnel over suspected Gulen links -Anadolu

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Turkey orders detention of 82 military personnel over suspected Gulen links -Anadolu

ISTANBUL: Turkey ordered the detention of 82 military personnel in an operation targeting supporters of the Muslim preacher who Ankara says was behind a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.
Operations targeting the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen have continued under a four-year-long crackdown since the attempted coup in July 2016. Gulen denies involvement in the putsch attempt, in which some 250 people were killed.
Tuesday’s operation was spread over 39 provinces and 63 people have already been detained, Anadolu said. Of the suspects, 70 were on active duty.
The detentions were ordered by the chief prosecutor in the western coastal province of Izmir, Anadolu said, adding that it also took steps to sack 848 military personnel, including high ranking officers, over links to the network.
Since the coup attempt, about 80,000 people have been held pending trial and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended. More than 20,000 people had been expelled from the Turkish military alone.
Last week, a Turkish court sentenced leaders of the attempted coup to life in jail, convicting hundreds of army officers, pilots and civilians over the failed bid to topple President Tayyip Erdogan.