Jordan warns of regional war if Gaza killing continues

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and other Jordanian officials have reiterated the country’s support for the Palestinian cause as well as renewing calls for a ceasefire on February 25, The National reported. 

The monarch added however that the conflict between Israel and Gaza could expand on a regional scale if there is no pause in the fighting come the holy month of Ramadan. 

This year, Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar) will take place from March 10 to April 9. 

Much to the outrage of the Muslim community – and the global community more generally -, Israeli police in riot gear brutally confronted worshipers at the Jerusalem-based Al-Aqsa Mosque during the holy month in 2021. 

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The events on the evening of May 7, 2021 further escalated buoyant tensions between Israel and Palestine. 

It was confirmed by the Jordanian Royal Palace that during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, King Abdullah II affirmed that should the conflict continue to take place during Ramadan it, “will raise the danger of expansion of the conflict”.   

The king’s words were echoed by the country’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi who said that, “with Ramadan around the corner” continuation of the Gaza killing spree will result in the “the regional situation exploding”. 

The official added that what was happening in Gaza is “a crime against humanity”. 

Progress is being made to achieving a ceasefire deal despite Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to negotiate with Gaza-controlling militant group Hamas, vowing to “crush” them as well as the Palestinian enclave. 

The National/ Middle East Eye 

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