King Abdullah II of Jordan stated on Monday that his nation’s air pressure had airdropped “urgent medical aid” to a subject hospital operated by the dominion in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army confirmed the weird transfer and stated in a press release that it had been a coordinated effort between the neighboring nations.
In a post on social media, the king stated it was “our duty to aid our brothers and sisters injured in the war on Gaza.” Photographs shared in his submit confirmed troopers loading a big wood crate bearing a Jordanian flag onto a army plane with a forklift.
Israel’s blockade and up to date siege of Gaza have put some hospitals out of service, and help deliveries by the Rafah crossing with Egypt have been insufficient, humanitarian teams say. This appeared to be the primary time in this battle that help was dropped into Gaza from the air.
The Israeli army stated the cargo included medical provides and food that will “be used by the medical staff for patients.”
Dropping help from a airplane required a “complex logistical operation,” Jordan’s communications minister, Muhannad Mubaideen, stated on Monday in a tv interview.
The transfer comes amid rising condemnation by Jordanian leaders of Israel because it started its bombing marketing campaign on the Gaza Strip and largely prevented food, water and electrical energy from getting into the besieged enclave, in response to Hamas’s lethal assault on Israel on Oct. 7.
On Wednesday the dominion ordered the quick recall of its ambassador to Israel over the battle. Similarly, Jordan’s overseas minister, Ayman Safadi, ordered Israel’s ambassador in Amman — who had already left the nation — not to return.
“The return of the ambassadors will be tied to Israel stopping its war on Gaza and stopping the humanitarian disaster,” the overseas ministry stated.
Mr. Safadi additionally bluntly advised Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in a information convention in Amman, the Jordanian capital, on Saturday to “stop this madness.”
Israel and Jordan keep an important regional alliance, and the dominion is the custodian of the Aqsa compound in Jerusalem, a key holy web site that’s typically a supply of disputes and battle with Palestinians.
At the identical time, massive crowds have been protesting throughout the dominion, the place many are of Palestinian origin, for the previous month demanding a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza. Some have demonstrated every day in entrance of the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
Rana F. Sweis contributed reporting from Amman, Jordan.