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Jordan’s king: War intensifying threats from climate change in Gaza

Jordan King Abdullah II speaks during a plenary session at the COP28 UN Climate Summit, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Jordan King Abdullah II speaks during a plenary session at the COP28 UN Climate Summit, Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Jordan’s king says war is making the threats from climate change even worse in the Gaza Strip, as hostilities resume between Israel and Hamas after a week-long truce.

King Abdullah II tells the UN’s COP28 climate talks in Dubai that “we cannot talk about climate change in isolation from the humanitarian tragedies unfolding around us.

“In Gaza, over 1.7 million Palestinians have been displaced from their homes. Tens of thousands have been injured or killed in a region already on the front lines of climate change,” he tells a gathering of world leaders. “The massive destruction of war makes the environmental threats of water scarcity and food insecurity even more severe. In Gaza our people are living with little clean water and the bare minimum of food supplies, as climate threats magnify the devastation of war.”

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