Jordan, Egypt and UN jointly organize an Int'l conference on Gaza on 11 June

Ahram Online , Friday 31 May 2024

Jordan announced it would jointly host, along with Egypt and the UN, on 11 June an emergency international conference on the urgent humanitarian response to the crisis in Gaza.

Palestinians carry some salvaged belongings as they leave the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after they returned briefly to check on their homes on May 31, 2024. AFP


The event will be co-organized by Jordan, Egypt, and the United Nations, reported the Jordanian News Agency Petra on Friday.

According to the news agency, the conference will be held at the invitation of Jordanian King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Heads of state and government and heads of international humanitarian and relief organizations will attend the conference.

The gathering seeks to identify ways to bolster the international community’s response to the humanitarian catastrophe endured by some 2.3 million Palestinians across the Gaza Strip and secure a commitment for a collective coordinated response to address the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

The conference also aims to determine effective measures and procedures and operational and logistical needs for addressing the Palestinian crisis, the news agency noted.

Since 7 October, the Israeli war on Gaza has killed over 36,280 Palestinians and wounded more than 80,000 others, mostly women and children.

The Israeli blockade on most food, water, and fuel supplies to the strip has created near-famine conditions there.

The ongoing Israeli ground assault on Rafah, where 1.3 million Palestinians had sought shelter from Israeli bombardment, has exacerbated humanitarian conditions.

UN officials say more than 800,000 people have fled Rafah.

In early May, Israel launched its assault on the Palestinian city of Rafah on Gaza’s southern edge, taking over the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt for the first time since Israel pulled out its soldiers and settlers from the strip in 2005.

Hence, no humanitarian aid to a population facing famine in Gaza has since entered through the Rafah crossing.

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