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Jordanian authorities reportedly released convicted terrorist Mohamed al Dersi in exchange for Jordanian diplomat Fawaz Al Aytan, who was kidnapped in Libya, presumably by Ansar al Sharia. Al Dersi is said to be already in Libya, but al Aytan has not yet been freed. Authorities are trying to stem the flow of Jordanian jihadists to and from Syria, amid reports that some 2,000 Jordanians are fighting there and about 300 have returned in the past two months. "Outlaws" tossed petrol bombs in Maan, where one person was killed and five policemen were injured in clashes this week.
Four Jordanian fighter jets hit and destroyed a number of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria that were believed to be carrying Syrian rebel fighters. Syrian state media said the vehicles were not from its army.
Abed Shihadeh a.k.a. Abu Mohammed Al Tahawi, a hardline Islamist leader on trial with over 60 other Salafi Jihadists for inciting violence in April 2011, challenged the court's authority and asked to be freed on bail. Over 700 Syrian refugees entered Jordan in the past 48 hours. Border guards foiled an attempt on April 5 to smuggle "huge caches of light and medium weapons and explosives" into Jordan from Syria. On April 2, the State Security Court sentenced eight terrorists in a 2004 plot by Azmi al Jayousi, a Jordanian al Qaeda operative who planned to kill at least 80,000 people with toxic chemicals; six received life terms and two others were sentenced to 15 years each.
Border guards arrested four people who illegally entered Jordan from Syria, and wounded four more in a clash at the border. Authorities said three other people who had been fighting with groups in Syria voluntarily surrendered upon entering Jordan. Over 760 refugees crossed over at illegal entry points into Jordan from Syria in the past 48 hours. King Abdullah urged Lebanese parties to stop intervening in Syria.
Interior Minister Majali said that terrorism presents the greatest threat to the Arab world, and urged his Arab counterparts to cooperate on the issue. Parliament's lower house sought to expel the Israeli ambassador and recall Jordan's envoy to Tel Aviv in protest against the killing of a Jordanian judge last week, and voted for the early release of a Jordanian soldier who murdered seven Israeli girls in 1997.
Israeli security forces killed Raed Zuaiter, a Palestinian judge working in Jordan, at the Jordan river crossing into the West Bank, in an altercation. The parliament is considering a revised antiterrorism bill that makes it a crime to fight with, or seek to join, radical groups. Mohammad al-Shalabi a.k.a. Abu Sayyaf, a Jordanian Salafist leader, criticized the bill as "amending the law to classify some 2,000 young people who are fighting [in Syria] as terrorists" so they could be sent to prison. Officials began closing illegal crossing points from Deraa in Syria into al-Ramtha.