Jordan’s King Rejects Israeli Plans to Occupy Parts of Gaza

Mon Nov 13 2023
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AMMAN: King Abdullah II of Jordan has categorically rejected any Israeli plans to illegally occupy parts of Gaza or establish security zones within the Palestinian enclave.

During discussions with senior politicians at the royal palace, the king emphasized that there could be “no military or security solution” to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Reuters news agency reported. He asserted that Gaza should remain connected to the other Palestinian Territories and not be severed by Israel.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) issued a dire warning, stating that its operations in Gaza could come to a halt within the next 48 hours due to severe fuel shortages amid the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hamas.

Dire Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

UNRWA’s Gaza chief, Thomas White, conveyed the critical situation, expressing that the humanitarian operation in Gaza would face a complete shutdown if fuel is not allowed to enter the region. The agency, responsible for nearly 800,000 displaced individuals—approximately half of Gaza’s total population—has been grappling with the consequences of the Israeli military operations.

Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA’s chief, informed donors that the agency’s fuel depot near the Israeli border, containing strategic reserves, has been depleted. Despite a request to the Israeli military for replenishment going unanswered, the agency has been working to manage the situation.

Lazzarini warned that if the fuel shortage persists, major hospital operations, ambulance services, and crucial functions supported by UNRWA could cease by November 14, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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