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UPDATED: 13:55, August 20, 2005
Jordanian king condemns rocket attacks in Aqaba port
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Jordanian King Abdullah II condemned Friday the rocket attacks on the country's Red Sea port of Aqaba earlier in the day, said a statement by the Jordanian Royal Court.

The criminal act would not bar Jordan from fulfilling its role in supporting the right and showing the real face of Islam, which the terrorists are trying to tarnish, Abdullah, currently on a visit to Russia, said in the statement.

Such acts had nothing to do with the merciful teachings of Islam and the Arab traditions, he said, vowing to pursue efforts to maintain national security and crack down those trying to harm the country's security and stability.

According to the statement, the Jordanian Monarch also sent a cable of condolences to the family of the slain soldier and contacted senior officials from Russia to have a hand-on the situation following the attacks.

Blasts hit Jordan's Aqaba port on Friday morning, the al-Jazeera TV channel reported.

An official statement confirmed later that three Katyushas were fired from the roof of a warehouse in Aqaba port, killing one Jordanian soldier and wounding another.

One rocket hit a Jordanian armed forces depot, the second landed near a military hospital, while the third fell on the Israeli port of Eilat, the statement added.

A Jordanian security source disclosed that the country's security agencies were pursuing individuals carrying Iraqi and Syrian nationalities suspected of involvement in the Aqaba attacks.

Source: Xinhua

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