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Jordan: activists launch campaign to lift Israeli siege of Gaza

September 19, 2023 at 11:13 am

Hundreds of Jordanians gather during a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Amman, Jordan. [Laith Al-jnaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Jordanian activists, including unions and political groups, have announced the launch of a campaign aimed to lift the siege imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip since 2007. The announcement was made at a press conference in the office of the Jordanian Labour Party.

The activists have called for popular participation in the campaign which aims to highlight the suffering of the Palestinians living under the Israeli siege in Gaza.

“Gaza residents suffer under very difficult living conditions due to the Israeli siege, which has a negative impact on the economic, health and social sectors,” explained the head of the campaign, Wael Al-Saqqa. “The Israeli siege curbs people’s freedom of movement and public services, including education for Palestinian children.”

The campaign will begin on Saturday with a march in the governorate of Aqaba, along with other activities in the cities of Al Zarqaa, Amman, Erbid and Al-Karak.

A spokesman for the Popular Conference of Palestinians Abroad, Ziyad Al-Aloul, said that the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza “led to a full paralysis in all sectors.” He expects there to be real action in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkiye and other countries to end the siege.

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