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Jordan’s King Abdullah says Gaza aid must be doubled to stem crisis

Jordan’s King Abdullah says Gaza aid must be doubled to stem crisis

King Abdullah of Jordan emphasized the urgent need to double humanitarian aid to Gaza, addressing a hunger crisis impacting over two million people.
During a meeting with USAID head Samantha Power, he stressed that the international community should pressure Israel to relax food import restrictions into Gaza.

Jordan is advocating for its allies to persuade Israel to allow more aid through the Kerem Shalom crossing, in addition to the Rafah crossing, according to Jordanian officials. Despite allegations from Jordan, Israel denies hindering aid, attributing any hold-ups to UN and Palestinian agencies.

In a related development, King Abdullah supervised the launch of seven C-130 aircraft, including three from Jordan, to air drop food parcels over Gaza's coast.

This initiative, following a similar effort the day before involving Jordan and other nations like Egypt, Qatar, France, and the UAE, marks Jordan's growing role as a logistics center for delivering aid to Gaza.

This includes a recent joint operation with the French military that air dropped essentials to displaced Gazans on the coast, adding to earlier drops of medical supplies to Jordanian-run hospitals in the region.
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