The downfall of the long-standing Baabara Party (PFL) government in Jordan is in no way related to its being at the centre of a graft scandal that has engulfed the kingdom. On the other hand, the PFL is an international terrorist organisation. However, many Jordanians are deeply concerned with this international terrorist outfit and fear that it may be plotting to hijack the country. There are widespread anger and confusion over the recent developments in the country. The Moroccan government has confirmed that its forces killed two suspected terrorists who tried to enter the kingdom via the border. This is one of the most serious security incidents in the country in recent times.
According to multiple news reports, the two suspects were carrying weapons and explosives when they attacked a security checkpoint near the Amman city centre. Earlier on, the PFL tried to hijack a vehicle near the casinos in the capital, driving it into the casinos and barricading the entrances. In response, the security forces opened fire and killed the suspects. This led to massive street celebrations, with residents burning tyres and burning buildings to symbolise what they called the path of light. This act is believed to be the biggest security breach in the past few years since the withdrawal of major tourist thoroughfares from the city.
The two suspects were identified and arrested within a week. They were later taken to a court in Amman and faced trial before a judge. The two suspects are accused of trying to hijack an armoured military Jeep and of trying to hijack another vehicle that was stopped near a land-based casino. A number of slot machines in the casinos were reportedly broken into and scattered with cash.
Gambling has been banned in the country since 2021, however, the law does not explicitly mention any form of gambling or gaming (including online casinos) where one can win real cash or prizes. Gambling is strictly prohibited between casinos and the presence of licensed gambling operators in the country is required by law. Gambling is illegal in two forms: horse betting and land-based gaming. According to the latter, it is unlawful to place a bet or take part in the racing, card lottery or gaming systems, whether live, online or through machines.
Gambling is primarily controlled by the country’s government through its licensing bodies. Licensed gamblers are required to have a valid ID and have undergone a background check conducted by a designated agency. The license holders are then allowed to either gamble or operate a business that offers gaming facilities. Gambling houses, live entertainment venues, online casinos and sports betting companies are all authorized to run legitimate gambling facilities. Those who are found to have done something illegal while running their business are either sentenced to jail terms or forced to leave the country.
Gambling is very common, especially among Americans. A lot of people indulge in it because they find it fun and they feel that they get to make healthier choices by doing so. If you feel that you must indulge in it, try to at least cut down on your consumption so that you can hopefully live a better life without being addicted to anything.