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.
The clashes began on the 3rd of May, 2019 after two Israeli soldiers were injured and four Palestinians were killed during the weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border. The clashes entailed hundreds of rockets being launched from Gaza and numerous more targeted by Israeli Forces within the Gaza Strip. Israel also increased its military presence near the border in response. Eventually a ceasefire agreement went into effect on May 6th, 2019. The exchanges of fire are outlined in greater detail below:
Friday, 3rd of May
After eight months of negotiations, Saad Hariri finally formed a new Lebanese government. The Prime Minister will head the new 30-member government and will initiate urgent economic and political reforms. In a recent speech, Hariri stated that the economy will be the government’s main challenge moving forward.
In the 2 months that followed the announcement by US President Donald Trump regarding the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, tensions have escalated in the region to its highest since August. The following is a breakdown of what has transpired, and where it has transpired to.
The world is an unpredictable quagmire of political turmoil, a country could easily descend into crisis within hours, as witnessed in Turkey in 2016. Even locals don’t exactly know what to do in such circumstances, let alone foreigners visiting for a few days; you can easily be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Civil unrest could be anything from a simple protest to a full-scale riot or public uprising. Despite its importance, having to deal with such situations is not common knowledge. Here are some points to keep in mind and use if you were ever caught in such a situation.