Jordan's King Abdullah participates in Gaza aid airdrop

He is due to meet US President Joe Biden in Washington on February 12 to lobby for an immediate ceasefire

By Reuters

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This handout picture released by the Jordanian armed forces media office on February 5 shows boxes of humanitarian aid provided by Jordan and The Netherlands loaded onto a military plane and slated for airdrops over the Jordanian field hospital in the Gaza Strip. — AFP file
This handout picture released by the Jordanian armed forces media office on February 5 shows boxes of humanitarian aid provided by Jordan and The Netherlands loaded onto a military plane and slated for airdrops over the Jordanian field hospital in the Gaza Strip. — AFP file

Published: Sun 11 Feb 2024, 10:24 PM

Jordan's King Abdullah participated in an air drop of humanitarian aid to Gaza, state-owned Al Mamlaka broadcaster said on Sunday.

A video showed the monarch in military gear on board a plane in the latest mission by the Jordanian air force to drop urgent medical supplies to field hospitals it runs in the war-torn enclave. According to official media, the latest airdrop was on February 6.

The kingdom has conducted 11 air drops, with at least two conducted with the French and Dutch airforces, to deliver medical aid.

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The king, who has been vocal in calling for an end to Israel's campaign, left on Thursday on a tour of major Western capitals and is due to meet US President Joe Biden in Washington on February 12 to lobby for an immediate ceasefire.

Jordan succeeded in getting Israel to allow the World Food Programme (WFP) to send deliveries to Gaza through another land route that begins from Jordan, helping ease pressure on the main Rafah border crossing which is limited in capacity.

Jordan, which shares a border with the West Bank, fears that the Gaza conflict could spread, with wider violence by armed settlers encouraged by the army triggering a large-scale Palestinian exodus to the other side of the Jordan River.

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