Jordan king stresses need of humanitarian corridor for Gaza in meeting with Blinken

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on October 13, 2023. (State Department)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on October 13, 2023. (State Department)

In his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier today in Amman, Jordan’ King Abdullah “stressed the need to open humanitarian corridors to allow for the delivery of medical and relief aid into Gaza,” according to a Jordanian readout.

“King Abdullah said the work of international agencies in the Gaza Strip must not be hindered, to enable them to perform their humanitarian duties, stressing the importance of stepping up international efforts to end the escalation in Gaza and its surroundings and prevent a further deterioration of the situation and its spillover into the West Bank,” the readout says.

“His Majesty warned of any attempt to forcibly displace the Palestinians from all the Palestinian Territories or to cause their internal displacement, calling for preventing a spillover of the crisis into neighboring countries and the exacerbation of the refugee issue.”

“The King warned of inflicting collective punishment against Gaza residents, urging the protection of innocent civilians on all sides, in line with shared human values, international law and international humanitarian law.”

Abdullah does not condemn the Hamas onslaught at all.

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