Last Sunday, Nov 11, 2018, an undercover Israeli unit involved in a covert operation was intercepted by Hamas members in Gaza. This incident triggered deadly clashes that left seven Palestinians and one ISF agent dead. This later evolved into a firefight in which Hamas fired more than 400 rockets and mortars towards Israel in 48 hours and the Israeli military fired around 160 airstrikes targeting several areas within the Gaza Strip.
Due to severe weather conditions in Jordan, heavy rainfall has caused flash floods in several areas earlier this week on Friday, which led to a total of twelve casualties. As such, accusations were made against the government for the poor conditions of infrastructure in the country and for the lack of preparation of the emergency services.
US sanctions on Iran officially resumed on Monday, November 5, 2018, three years after being lifted by the Obama administration as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions came back into full effect Monday morning, bringing crippling economic burdens on Iran’s oil, banking, shipping, and other sectors. U.S. sanctions which are aimed at more than 700 Iranian entities and individuals are expected to have dire consequences on the country’s economy.
On Friday, Nov 2, 2018, Islamist gunmen killed at least seven Coptic Christian pilgrims and wounded at least sixteen in Egypt. Bringing an almost one year of calm to an end, the attack occurred as two buses carrying pilgrims left the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, 85 miles south of Cairo, in Egypt’s Western Desert.
On October 23, 2018, Jordan's former counterterrorism chief General Habis al-Hanini was shot dead outside his home, according to medical and security sources. Al-Hanini was killed around 7 pm (16:00 GMT) on Tuesday in the city of Madaba, around 30km Southwest of the Jordanian capital, Amman.
According to the spokesperson of the Jordanian public security directorate, the gunman fled the scene successfully which drove the Jordanian security and intelligence forces to form an investigative team to follow up on the case.
RedCrow was chosen by UNICEFInnovationFund to represent their MENA startups at WEF’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin 2018. This blog will reflect our experience and some ideas about The World Economic Forum and some of the featured upcoming technologies.
On Thursday Sep 4th, 2018, destruction ensued in the West of the country as Jebi hit major cities like Kyoto and Osaka where at least 11 people have died and more than 300 people have been injured by the worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years. More than 800 flights were suspended as well as scores of trains, and ferries, bullet train services connecting Tokyo and Hiroshima were also suspended but resumed early Wednesday, Sep 5th 2018, Factories and schools will remain closed for the day.
On Sunday, Sept, 3rd, 2018, more than 400 inmates managed to break out from a jail near the Libyan capital Tripoli amid deadly violence between rival militia groups in the city.
According to the police, the prisoners were able to force the doors open and the guards, fearing for their lives, were not able to contain the breakout following the riots in jail. Clashes between the militias in the city have forced the UN-backed government to declare a state of emergency.