Egypt condemns terrorist attack on Jordan-Syria border: Sisi to Jordan’s King Abdullah

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Jan 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi condemned the terrorist attack on a US outpost near the Jordanian border with Syria during a phone conversation with Jordan’s King Abdullah II today.



El-Sisi emphasized Egypt’s full support for Jordan and the importance it places on the kingdom’s security and stability, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

King Abdullah commended El-Sisi’s gesture, underlining the historic relations between Egypt and Jordan.

Three US soldiers at the outpost were killed and at least 30 injured in a drone attack Sunday on the US military outpost in Jordan.

The US military reported the attack occurred on a base in northeastern Jordan near the Syrian border.

However, Jordanian government spokesman Muhannad Mubaidin stated on Sunday that it took place on the Syrian side of the border.

During their phone call, El-Sisi and King Abdullah discussed the tensions in the region, particularly in Gaza, and reviewed ongoing efforts to de-escalate the situation in the strip.

Their discussions also focused on efforts to ensure the delivery of urgent humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza.

Both leaders warned about the continuation of the military escalation in Gaza and the growing threats it poses to regional security.

Furthermore, they affirmed the need for a just and comprehensive solution for the Palestinian cause to restore regional security and peace.

Flurry of attacks

The attack on the US outpost, known as Tower 22, is the latest in a series of attacks against US servicemen in Iraq and Syria since the outbreak of the Israeli war on Gaza on 7 October.

According to the Pentagon, US and allied forces in Iraq and Syria have been targeted by over 150 attacks since mid-October, drawing retaliatory strikes by Washington.

US President Joe Biden blamed the attack on Iran-backed militants operating in Syria and Iraq, vowing retaliation.

“We will carry on their commitment to fight terrorism. And have no doubt we will hold all those responsible to account at a time and in a manner of our choosing,” Biden said.

Since 7 October, Israel's aggression on Gaza has killed over 26,422 Palestinians and injured 65,087, with the majority being women and children, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza on Sunday.

This brutal military campaign has caused widespread destruction in the Palestinian territory and displaced more than 80 percent of its 2.3 million population, making it one of the most devastating military campaigns in recent history

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