Residents of Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria have been shaken, quite literally, during the past week by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks beginning in Jordan on Wednesday, July 4, and most recently experienced in Israel on Monday, July 9. Seismic activities are not abnormal for the area, occurring primarily in the Great Rift Valley, which extends from northern Syria to Mozambique. The area lies on the Dead Sea Transform fault system, a boundary that separates two major plate systems.
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The largest anti-government protests in five years erupted in Jordan on May 30, 2018, the start of a multi-day demonstration opposing International Monetary Fund (IMF)-backed tax reform that appears to be aimed at raising additional tax revenues.
RedCrow Reviews the Timeline of Incidents & Path Toward Tribal War Settlement
Tribal law seems to be taking over civil law in Jordan, as the country witnesses what could be described as tribal war in the district of Madaba. The initial cause: a May 7, 2018, dispute between the country’s two major clans, the Shawabka and the Bani Sakhr. Beginning as a relational dispute between a Royal Guard and a married woman, the situation quickly escalated into large-scale rioting, roadblocks and shooting incidents, many of which have been broadcast on social media.