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Jordan to host 3-way Arab summit to push for Gaza ceasefire

January 9, 2024 at 9:27 pm

King Abdullah II of Jordan at Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan on December 11, 2023 [Royal Hashemite Court (RHC)-Handout/Anadolu Agency]

The leaders of Jordan, Egypt and Palestine will hold summit talks in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

A statement by Jordan’s Royal Court said King Abdullah II will meet with Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, “to discuss the dangerous developments in Gaza and the situation in the West Bank.”

The summit comes as part of efforts “to coordinate Arab positions to push for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and ensure the uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid,” the statement said.

Wednesday’s summit comes amid a regional tour by US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to seek to prevent an expansion of the conflict in the region.

Israel has pounded the Palestinian enclave since a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group, Hamas, on 7 October, killing at least 23,210 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injuring 59,167 others, according to local health authorities.

Around 1,200 Israelis believed to have been killed in the Hamas offensive.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

About 85 per cent of Gazans have been displaced, while all of them are food insecure, according to the UN. Hundreds of thousands of people are living without shelter, and less than half of aid trucks are entering the Territory before the start of the conflict.

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