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The principal geographical feature of Jordan is an arid plateau that thrusts abruptly upward on the eastern shores of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea reaching a height of about 610 to 915 m about 2000 to 3000 ft then sloping gently downward toward the Syrian Desert in the extreme east of the country The Jordan Valley is in the deep depression of the Rift Valley which is about 213 m about 700 ft below sea level in the area of Lake Tiberias Sea of Galilee and 395 m 1296 ft below sea level at the Dead Sea the worlds lowest point Deep canyons and high mountain elevations of 1500 m approximately 4920 ft and more illustrate the Arabian Plateau in the southern portion of the country King Hussein of Jordans death will be felt far outside his grieving kingdom Hussein bin Talal was only a teenager when he assumed the throne of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1952 Having survived war attempted coups and some 11 assassination attempts Hussein was seen as a calming oasis in a chaotic region Thousands of Palestinians fled conflict and settled in Jordan and the state of Israel was declared on its western border Challenges to Husseins authority by his own Prime ministers threats from other Arab countries and occasional riots by Arab nationalists complicated the kings early years Hussein backed Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s and in 1991 refused to condemn Saddam Husseins invasion of Kuwait or back Operation Desert Storm In 1994 he signed a peace treaty with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin After Rabins assassination and the election of relative hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahus election as Israeli Prime Minister Hussein continued to be an influential and calming force in the peace process Non-Hodgkins lymphoma the cancer from which King Hussein died at age 63 comes in many forms Lymphomas are cancers of the lymphatic system which plays a key
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