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After arresting Israeli settler.. Jordanians call for prisoners swap to release Jordanian citizens

Amman (QNN)- Demands to make a prisoners swap with the occupation state to release two Jordanian detained citizens swept social media and the public opinion in Jordan.

The calls came shortly after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that Jordan arrested an Israeli citizen, who had illegally infiltrated the borders.

The National Committee of Prisoners and Missing Persons urged the Jordanian government to guarantee not releasing the Israeli settler unless the Israelis release the Jordanian prisoners.

Jordanian members of the parliament called on the government use the infiltrated settlers as a bargaining chip.

MP Khalil Atiyyeh stressed that the settler has illegally infiltrated into Jordan in violation with law, which is why the government should deal firmly with his case.

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry said earlier that the country had arrested an Israeli citizen who illegally crossed into the kingdom.

The Jordanian authorities were interrogating the Israeli before transferring him to “the relevant legal parties to take the necessary legal measures against him”, stated Sufyan Qudah, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman.

Earlier Tuesday evening Jordan announced it was recalling its ambassador from ‘Tel Aviv’ to protest Israel’s ongoing administrative detention of two of its citizens.

“In light of Israel’s failure to heed our demands for months that it free Jordanian citizens Heba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri and their continued detention in an illegal and inhumane way, we have summoned the Jordanian ambassador in Tel Aviv for consultations,” Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi tweeted.

“We hold Israel completely responsible for the lives of our citizens and we will continue to undertake legal, diplomatic and political measures to guarantee their safe return home,” he said. “Putting the lives of our citizens, whose health conditions are deteriorating, at risk is a condemned act that the kingdom rejects.”

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