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Jordan’s gazelle theft case now a ‘matter of public opinion’

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Jordanians on social media have been buzzing with debates over the recent cases of Gazelles being stolen in the country.

The case is currently being observed as one linked to corruption and concerning the public’s money.

After 100 gazelles were reported missing, the situation sparked outrage among many social media activists that it turned into a matter of public opinion. Now, people are calling for the prosecution of those behind the thefts.

According to an official report by Jordan’s Anti-Corruption Commission, 100 gazelles mysteriously went missing at a gazelle sanctuary. Since then, an official investigation has been opened to determine the reasons behind the thefts.

Referring to official assessments, the price of a single gazelle stolen from the sanctuary is estimated at $80,000.

Concerned Jordanians took to social media to spread the word using sarcasm and banter. While some people called for forgiving the thieves’ “act of corruption” as long as the gazelles were returned, others were “afraid to walk the streets of Jordan in fear of being kidnapped by the “gazelle thieves.”

As of yet, it is believed that the stolen gazelles were sold to rich individuals who want to keep the animals to themselves. Meanwhile, some officials have claimed that employees at the sanctuary were feasting on lean gazelle meat.