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'Joint UK, Jordan air-drop provides 4 tonnes of life-saving aid to Gaza hospital'

By JT - Feb 23,2024 - Last updated at Feb 23,2024

The joint Jordanian-British air-drop carried out on Wednesday provided four tonnes of essential medicines, fuel and food for patients and staff to Jordanian field hospital in Tal Al Hawa in war-torn northern Gaza (Photo courtesy of British embassy)

AMMAN — The air-drop Jordan and the UK carried out on Wednesday provided four tonnes of essential medicines, fuel and food for patients and staff to Jordanian field hospital in Tal Al-Hawa in war-torn northern Gaza.

In a British embassy statement to The Jordan Times, Foreign Secretary David Cameron said," We have worked closely with our Jordanian partners to get these life-saving supplies directly to the Tal Al Hawa Hospital in northern Gaza.” 

"Thousands of patients will benefit and the fuel will enable this vital hospital to continue its life saving work," Cameron said, adding, "However, the situation in Gaza is desperate and significantly more aid is needed — and fast. We are calling for an immediate humanitarian pause to allow additional aid into Gaza as quickly as possible and bring hostages home."

Earlier this week, the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation to procure and deliver £1 million worth of UK aid to Gaza, including the critical medicine and fuel included in this flight, according to the statement. 

Secretary-General of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation, Hussein Shabli, said, "We welcome this partnership with the UK to provide life-saving aid to those who need it most in Gaza. We thank our UK partners for working with us and we will continue to work with them on getting aid into Gaza for as long as it is needed."

Humanitarian needs are particularly acute for people remaining in northern Gaza. A report issued on 20 February by UNICEF and World Food Programme noted that 1 in 6 children under two years old in northern Gaza are acutely malnourished.

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