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Those Jordanians are such cut-ups! Jordan’s April fool: Sharon killed.

AMMAN, Jordan, April 1 (UPI) — An April Fools’ Day rumor indicating Hamas had killed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon swept Jordan Thursday.

Many Jordanians spread the “joke” the Palestinian militant group avenged its founder and spiritual leader Sheik Ahmad Yassin, who was killed by Israel March 22 at Sharon’s behest.

Khaled Walid, 24, said a friend phoned him to inform him of “Sharon’s killing,” which he said was broadcast on the Qatar satellite television station al-Jazeera.

“I had completely forgotten that it was April 1 and I rushed to the television, but after a while when there was no mentioning of the assassination I realized it was a joke,” Walid said, adding: “I wish the news was real and not just a lie.”

Another Jordanian, Jamal Abdel Rahman, 42, said he heard the fake news when he stopped at a gas station to fill up his tank.

“First I did not believe it, but I looked around and saw all the people speaking about the same news … so I rushed back in my car and turned on the radio … News bulletins were regular and there was no mentioning of the alleged assassination, then I realized it was April Fools,” Abdel Rahman said.

“And I wept. Wept as I had never wept before,” continued Abdel.

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