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Jordan's Blinken seeks to avoid regional wars

The top US diplomat was in Jordan on Sunday as part of a tour of the Middle East aimed at preventing the Israeli-Hamas war from escalating.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Amman on Saturday night ahead of a scheduled meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

The war, which began with an unprecedented attack on Israel by Gaza-based Hamas militants on October 7, has led to relentless Israeli retaliatory bombing and left Gaza residents in dire need of humanitarian aid.

In a meeting with Blinken, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi stressed the need to “immediately end the invasion, protect civilians in the Gaza Strip, and provide adequate and durable humanitarian and medical assistance to all areas.” emphasized. in Gaza,” a Foreign Ministry statement on X said.

Blinken, seeking more aid for besieged Gaza, visited the World Food Program's regional coordination warehouse in the Jordanian capital, live footage from AFPTV showed.

Sheri Ritsema-Anderson, a senior United Nations official in Jordan, said inside a warehouse filled with pallets of aid and the sound of forklift trucks that the situation in Gaza was unlike anything she had seen in her 15 years in the Middle East. .

It's “devastating. This is epic,” she told reporters.


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