Macron, Jordan to Discuss Gaza Aid

Sudan Events – Sumaya Sayed

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Thursday in Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II on aid to war-battered Gaza, where Israel has been fighting Hamas militants since early October.
Macron is then due to visit French troops stationed in the Middle Eastern country for a traditional Christmas meeting with forces deployed overseas.
The French president was welcomed by the Jordanian king upon landing at the Red Sea port city of Aqaba, and the two were due to meet later at a royal palace.
This is the second meeting between the two leaders since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, triggered by deadly attacks by the Palestinian militant group. Macron had toured the Middle East in late October in a show of solidarity with Israel.
The war began when Hamas fighters launched an unprecedented attack into southern Israel, killing about 1,140 people, mostly civilians, and taking about 250 hostages, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.
Macron and Abdullah II are set to discuss “joint work on humanitarian and medical aid for the civilian population of Gaza,” according to the French presidency.
Two French planes laden with humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territory are expected to arrive in Amman over the next days.
Just before his trip to Jordan, the French president said on Wednesday that Israel’s right to defend itself did not mean the country could “flatten Gaza.”
“We cannot let the idea take root that an efficient fight against terrorism implies to flatten Gaza or attack civilian populations indiscriminately,” Macron told the France 5 broadcaster.
During his visit, Macron is expected to reiterate “the urgency of establishing a new and immediate truce leading to a permanent ceasefire,” the presidency said.

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