The rapid spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected 159 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan) as of March 19th 2020. While the outbreak originated in China, the bulk of confirmed cases and fatalities are currently beyond its borders.
The battles in the Syrian North between the Syrian regime and its allies and the opposition forces, backed by Turkey, have entered a new stage since the collapse of the Sochi Agreement and the regime started its military campaign to restore the areas currently under the control of the opposition, as Turkey has, for the first time, publicly declared war on the Syrian regime on March 1st. Turkey has announced that it was launching a massive offensive against Bashar Al-Assad’s forces following an airstrike that killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers and injured 30 in Idlib on Feb. 27th.
The month of November witnessed an uptick in protests, specifically in Lebanon, Iraq and Iran, who joined last. More than 400 people were killed in Iraq, the Lebanese prime minister Saad Al Hariri officially resigned, and the Iranian government shut down internet and controlled media coverage . Moreover, these countries experienced mass protests sparked by a range of causes ranging from new laws to corruption and poverty.
During the month of October, the MENA region has witnessed some political unrest and instability. In Syria, the Turkish offensive took place after the US withdrew troops from the Syrian border. And Iraq experienced two waves of mass protests against the country’s socioeconomic conditions, while similarly in Lebanon, people took to the streets to protest against the Lebanese government.
The world is an unpredictable quagmire of political turmoil; a country could easily descend into crisis within hours. Even locals don’t exactly know what to do in such circumstances, let alone foreigners visiting for a few days. With that said, you can easily be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
During the month of September, the MENA region has witnessed some political unrest and instability, most notably in Jordan, Egypt and Israel. In Jordan and Egypt, people have been taking to the streets and protesting against the countries’ worsening economic conditions. In Israel, the crime rate is increasing with as many as four murders happening in a single day.
In this blog, we go over the major incidents that occurred in Jordan, Egypt and Israel during this month with the aim of providing an incident and security response recap.
The Israeli legislative elections are to be held on September 17th, 2019 after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in April 2019. Netanyahu was able to secure 60 seats in the Knesset but failed to reach the required number of seats (61) to form a government.
With recent advancements in technology, more and more countries are choosing drones in warfare and conflicts. This trend has been most prominent in the MENA region, as Israel has used it on multiple occasions against Hezbollah and Hamas, Saudi Arabia used drones in the war on Yemen, as well as the US and Russia's use of drones in Syria. Drones use varied from kamikaze style to surveillance and intelligence.