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Yearbook 2018

Jordan. According to Countryaah.com, Jordan's roughly 1 million refugees from the war in Syria are hitting hard on the Treasury. To resolve the economic crisis, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait therefore offered $ 2.5 billion in June "in light of the close fraternal relations".

2018 Jordan

Before that, King Abdullah II had forced Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki to resign because of the mass protests that erupted as a result of increased taxes. These had been introduced as part of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) austerity package to reduce the country's government debt. According to the government, the tax increases would equalize the social differences because high-paid people had to pay more than low-paid ones. New Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz, on the other hand, promised to withdraw the controversial tax hike, and the IMF would release another $ 70 million to the country.

In January, the Arab League announced its intention to work for international recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinians. According to Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Jerusalem is occupied land under international law. The decision was made at a meeting in Jordan's capital Amman, attended by foreign ministers from Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority.

In October, Jordan announced that it does not intend to renew a 1994 lease agreement with Israel on two small land areas along the border between the two countries. Under the agreement, Israel would have the right to, among other things, private land ownership.

The Israeli embassy in the capital Amman resumed operations during the year. It was closed last year after an Israeli security guard killed two Jordanians in July 2017. Israel has officially apologized and promised judicial review of the incident.

A tragic accident happened in October when a school bus with children between the ages of 11 and 14 was swept away in a flood near the Dead Sea. 20 people were killed, most children.

In November, at least eleven people died after a severe storm caused storm surges in several locations in the country. At least 3,700 tourists were evacuated from the ruins of Petra.

The remains of a 14,500-year-old pita bread were found in July at an ancient fireplace in northeastern Jordan. Now the researchers are wondering if it was that man started baking bread long before developing agriculture and that it was perhaps the bread baking that caused man to start growing and not the other way around.

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