FM, US counterpart discuss situation in Gaza

Washington: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday discussed efforts to stop the worsening humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and the Israeli attack on Rafah.

In a phone call, the two ministers discussed the attack by Israeli extremists on the Jordanian aid convoy heading to Gaza through the Beit Hanoun/Erez crossing, where Safadi urged the international community to condemn the attack as a heinous crime, and held Israel fully responsible for this crime.

Blinken strongly condemned the violent attack by Israeli extremists on the convoy aimed at preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

He reiterated that the United States expects the Israeli government to take full and appropriate action to prevent such attacks on aid convoys and hold perpetrators accountable.

Blinken recognized the Kingdom’s leadership role in delivering critical humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The two ministers also discussed efforts to re
ach a deal for an immediate ceasefire, release the hostages, and prevent the war from expanding regionally.

They stressed the need for all efforts to succeed in the mediation efforts undertaken by Egypt, Qatar and the United States to finalize the exchange deal and reach a ceasefire.

Safadi warned of the catastrophic consequences of Israel’s attack on Rafah and the blocking of the entry of aid through the Rafah and Karem Abu Salem border crossings.

The two ministers emphasized that the two countries will continue to work together to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Rising temperatures to prevail across Kingdom

Amman: A noticeable increase in temperatures is forecast over the coming days, according to the latest weather forecast from the Jordan Meteorological Department.

Today, Wednesday, is anticipated to see a rise in temperatures across the region. While the mountainous areas will experience mild weather, elsewhere conditions are expected to be warm. Winds will be light, blowing predominantly from the northwest to the northeast.

On Thursday, temperatures are forecast to climb even higher. Dry and warm weather is expected over the mountainous regions and plains, while the rest of the country will experience hot conditions. Some high clouds may appear at higher altitudes, and moderate winds blowing from the southeast may occasionally stir up dust, particularly in desert regions.

Friday will continue the trend of rising temperatures, surpassing normal averages by approximately 5-6 degrees Celsius. The weather is expected to remain dusty and relatively hot over the mountains and plains, with high clouds dotting th
e sky. Winds will maintain a moderate pace, predominantly blowing from the southeast to the southwest, occasionally causing dust disturbances.

The maximum and minimum temperatures for today in eastern Amman range between 25 – 17 degrees Celsius, while in western Amman, temperatures are expected to range between 23 – 15 degrees Celsius. In the northern highlands, temperatures will vary from 21 – 14 degrees Celsius, while in the Sharah Mountains, temperatures will range from 22 – 12 degrees Celsius. Temperatures near the Dead Sea are expected to range from 33 – 22 degrees Celsius, and in the Gulf of Aqaba, temperatures will vary from 34 – 23 degrees Celsius.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli airstrike on southern Lebanon kills 2 people

Two Lebanese were martyred in an airstrike carried out by Israeli warplanes on Wednesday evening in the town of Al Adeisseh in southern Lebanon.

A Lebanese security source told Petra’s correspondent in Beirut that the airstrike targeted an inhabited house, which was completely destroyed, and that there was also a search with machine guns from a settlement overlooking the Lebanese border town of Kafr Kila.

The source pointed out that the airstrikes targeting the villages and towns of southern Lebanon Wednesday amounted to twenty, including ten airstrikes on the forests extending from the outskirts of Aita al-Shaab to the outskirts of Ramia town.”

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli army announces injury of soldier in Gaza, presents new toll of losses since war start

Amman: The Israeli occupation army radio announced that a soldier was injured when rockets were fired from Gaza at the settlement of “Shlomit” on Wednesday evening.

According to the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, the Israeli occupation army on Wednesday presented a new toll of its human losses since the beginning of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7, where the Israeli occupation army admitted that 614 Israeli officers and soldiers were killed, including 266 killed in the ground operation inside the Gaza Strip.

The army said that 3358 soldiers have sustained injuries since the outbreak of the war, including 520 seriously injured, and that 41 soldiers have been killed by friendly fire and operational accidents since the beginning of the war.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Zarqa University signs MoUs with Iraqi universities in Sulaymaniyah

Zarqa: Zarqa University, represented by Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Nidal Eshah, signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with all Iraqi universities in Sulaymaniyah Governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Jordanian Higher Education Forum in Erbil.

In a press statement on Wednesday, Eshah expressed his pride in the distinguished cooperation with the universities of Sulaymaniyah Governorate, which came as a culmination of the success of the Jordan-Kurdistan Higher Education Forum 2024, dubbed “Shaping the Future through Sustainable Development”, organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in coordination and cooperation with the Kurdistan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Jordanian Tourism Promotion Authority.

Eshah pointed out that this cooperation would consolidate academic, research and scientific relations and establish an advanced future relationship that serves both sides by encouragin
g cultural and student exchange and establishing joint scientific and research projects and programs.

Source: Jordan News Agency

WHO expresses “deep concern” over Israeli attacks on Rafah

Amman: World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed deep concern over the increasing Israeli attacks on the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, which have forced most of Gaza’s population to flee in search of safety.

According to Euronews, Ghebreyesus said during a press conference in Geneva on Wednesday: After the Israeli ground offensive, an estimated 30-40,000 people left Rafah to go to Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah, emphasizing that 1.4 million people, including 600,000 children, are at risk in Rafah.

Source: Jordan News Agency