LONDON (Jan. 5)
Jordanian Security Forces have closed offices in Jordan of the Cairo-based “Palestine Liberation Organization” and arrested five of the PLO’s leading officials, it was reported here today from Amman, Jordan’s capital.
According to the report, the crackdown followed a series of terrorist explosions in Amman and Jordan-held Old Jerusalem. The Security Forces were quoted as saying yesterday they had arrested two men who confessed entering Jordan from Syria to try to assassinate King Hussein. One of the Syrians reportedly had obtained a job in the Amman Radio station.
Meanwhile, Radio Cairo broadcast a renewed threat by Ahmed Shukairy, head of the PLO, that the organization would overthrow the Hussein monarchy. Other Cairo broadcasts threatened that “the palaces of the Amman rulers would be blown up” and asserted that an Arab commando unit was organizing underground operations against King Hussein.