Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Jordan

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July 25: The IMF agreed to lend Jordan $2 billion after estimating that the country's current account deficit would widen to 14% of GDP. Jordan's economy was under strain from the influx of Syrian refugees, as well as the disruption of the import of natural gas from Egypt after a pipeline between the two countries was sabotaged. [Reuters, 7/25]

July 29: Jordan opened its first tent camp for Syrian refugees, after originally hesitating to take such a step in order to prevent a breakdown of ties with Damascus. The camp near Zataari was built to hold 5,000 refugees initially and had the potential to expand to be able to accommodate 100,000. At the time the camp opened, about 2,000 refugees were crossing into Syria from Jordan daily. [Daily Star, 7/29]

Aug. 1: Jordanian police raided areas in 'Amman used by a group suspected of trafficking weapons and drugs, describing the group as a "terror cell." One suspect was killed and 13 arrested, while at least two officers were wounded. A Jordanian official stated that the raid was not connected to events in Syria, and police did not say whether the group had an ideological or organizational affiliation. [NYT, 8/1]

Aug. 20: Four rockets fired from Syria landed in northern Jordan, wounding a young girl and angering residents in the village of Torrah. The Jordanian government issued a warning to the Syrian ambassador in 'Amman following the incident, according to Jordanian minister of information Samih Maaytah. [AFP, 8/20]

Sept. 11: The UN reported that the number of Syrian refugees residing in Jordan topped 85,000; the estimate did not take into account unregistered refugees. The total number of refugees reached 102,000 at the end of August. [NYT, 9/11]

Sept. 18: King 'Abdullah approved a new law, requiring publishers of electronic media in Jordan to obtain a license from the state. Human rights groups warned that the measure, which also gave government officials the authority to censor website content, indicated increasing limitations on free speech and public criticism in the kingdom. [BBC, 9/18]

Sept. 21: Syrian gunmen approached the Jordanian border at dawn and attacked a border patrol unit, which subsequently placed them under arrest. King 'Abdullah called for increased caution in addressing the influx of more than 200,000 Syrians residing in Jordan, noting that some had objectives other than asylum. …

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