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Jordan’s King Abdullah and Blinken discuss looming crisis of refugees from Gaza

Jordan's King Abdullah and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Amman, on October 13, 2023.  Jordanian Royal Palace

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Friday who warned him that the Gaza warfare is prone to ignite a brand new Palestinian refugee disaster.

The king cautioned towards “any try and expel Palestinians from any of the Palestinian lands or trigger them to flee”, Jordan’s official information company Petra reported.

The king “affirmed that the disaster shouldn’t be moved to neighbouring international locations and compound the refugee challenge”.

He referred to as for the “opening [of] pressing humanitarian corridors”, in addition to “defending civilians, de-escalating, and ending the warfare on Gaza”, Petra reported.

Mr Blinken, who arrived in Amman from Israel, mentioned that he understood “as a Jew, as a husband and a father” the enormity of the Hamas assault.

After assembly King Abdullah, Mr Blinken met Mahmoud Abbas on the Palestinian president’s residence in Amman.

Mr Abbas “affirmed … the whole refusal to uproot our folks in Gaza”, the Palestinian information company Wafa reported.

Such a situation can be akin to a second Palestinian “disaster”, Mr Abbas mentioned.

The Palestinians contemplate the 1948 creation of Israel and the upheaval it brought on as their nationwide Nakba, or disaster.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman on Friday. AFP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman on Friday. AFP

Late on Friday Mr Blinken will journey to Qatar, the Arab nation that’s the most nicely linked to Hamas after Iran.

Hamas, which is supported by Iran, took scores of hostages in its assault on Israel on the weekend, together with Americans.

Jordan has the longest borders with Israel.

A big proportion of the dominion’s inhabitants are of Palestinian origin, descendants of the refugees who fled Israel’s creation in 1948 and its growth within the 1967 Center East warfare.

The most recent warfare in Gaza poses a problem to authorities in Amman, which seeks to keep up a robust alliance with the US and hold a 1994 peace treaty with Israel, whereas placating pro-Palestinian sentiment within the kingdom.

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