Jordan Criticizes Israel for Impeding Aid to Palestinians

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi accused Israel of obstructing aid from entering Gaza, worsening the situation for Palestinians. Safadi spoke at a press conference with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, claiming that only 10% of the needs of more than two million Gazans under siege were being met due to Israeli obstacles. He stated that Israeli measures were preventing sufficient aid from arriving, particularly in northern Gaza, where infrastructure and residential buildings had been destroyed. The United Nations also reported that Israeli authorities were denying access to northern Gaza for aid delivery. Safadi criticized Israel for not complying with a UN Security Council resolution to allow safe, unhindered, and expanded humanitarian access. Despite Jordan’s efforts to push for more aid, Israel denies hampering aid and claims to screen goods going into Gaza. Jordan has been at the forefront of airdropping aid to Gaza and succeeded in getting Israel to allow food deliveries to Gaza through a land route from Jordan. Despite this, Safadi highlighted that the aid that does arrive is not reaching all of Gaza, and there are significant Israeli impediments preventing delivery to the north.