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Summit in Jordan to raise funds for Gaza

Jordan will host an international conference on Tuesday aimed at raising funds for humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the eight-month-old war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who began a new tour of the Middle East on Monday, will attend the conference, which is co-organized by the United Nations, Jordan and Egypt.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other leaders, as well as UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths and NGO heads, are expected to attend.

Much of the Gaza Strip has been left in ruins and most of its 2.4 million residents have been displaced by the fighting. The UN has been warning of the threat of famine in Gaza for months.

In a recent report, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) condemned it. “The devastating impact of current conflict, severe access restrictions and the collapse of local agricultural food systems”.

Humanitarian aid has been pouring into the area, especially since the Israeli army launched a ground operation in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, in early May and captured the Palestinian enclave via Egypt, where most aid has gone.

The summit, held on the shores of the Red Sea, aims to bring together leaders and humanitarian aid officials. “Determining ways to improve the international community’s response to the humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip”.According to the Jordanian Royal Palace.

Jordan’s foreign ministry said the conference would be requested “Commitments to a Joint and Integrated Response to Address the Humanitarian Situation in Gaza”. “The main objective of this summit is to reach a consensus on practical measures to meet the immediate needs on the ground”The ministry added.

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