There have been scenes of peaceful mourning in Amman following the deadly attacks in the Jordanian capital. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Radisson hotel – the target of one of the three suicide bombings which killed 56 people on Wednesday evening.
The bombers struck during wedding parties at the Radisson and the Grand Hyatt, and also targetted the Days Inn hotel. Jordan has said the attacks will not alter the policies of the kingdom. In a televised address, King Abdullah blamed the bombings on “deviant and misled groups”, and pledged to track down those responsible. Al Qaeda in Iraq – led by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al Zarqawi – has claimed responsibility on a website, saying it targetted the hotels because they were being used by US and Israeli spies. Jordan is a close ally of the United States in the region and backed Washington during the Iraq war. It is one of two Arab countries that have signed peace treaties with Israel – a stance which has infuriated its majority Palestinian population. Wednesday’s assault was the worst to hit Jordan in modern times. Most of the victims were Jordanian.