Jordan leads humanitarian airdrops to aid Gaza crisis

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AMMAN — Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza that has left tens of thousands of civilian victims, most of them children and women, according to Palestinian and UN data, which led to its appearance before the International Court of Justice on charges of committing genocide.اضافة اعلان
Israel restricts the entry of aid into Gaza, which led to a scarcity of food, medicine, and fuel supplies and created a famine that began to claim the lives of children and the elderly in the Strip, which is inhabited by about 2.3 million Palestinians, including about two million displaced as a result of the war, and has been besieged by Israel for 17 years, Al-Ghad reported.

But Jordan, due to its geographical and demographic connection with its western neighbor, Palestine, was the first country to carry out air dropping operations, which began on November 6, 2023, based on its extensive experience in parachuting and air dropping, according to what Jordanian experts told Anadolu.

In addition to the humanitarian nature of these operations, some observers believe that Jordan seeks to thwart what Tel Aviv aspires to, by strengthening the steadfastness of the Gazans and keeping them inside their land, as Amman expressed its “absolute” rejection of forced displacement attempts, and considered, in statements by a number of its officials, that It would be a "declaration of war."

As of March 15, Jordan has implemented 46 independent measures and 61 joint measures in cooperation with “brotherly and friendly” countries.

Anadolu correspondent listened to two military experts and an academic in political affairs, about what makes their country, Jordan, a destination for countries wishing to carry out an air dropping inside the Gaza Strip, and the reasons that made their country a center for doing so.

Experience in dealing with NATO countries and Europeans
Military analyst, retired Major General Mamoun Abu Nawar, said: “Jordan is an ally of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and has great experience in dealing with it and the Europeans, and it was a major gateway to fighting the terrorist organization ISIS.”

He continued: "As a result of the Jordanian-Palestinian interdependence, Jordan's humanitarian intervention was necessary, especially with the occurrence of famine in Gaza, and the inability of the international community and UN bodies to address the matter."

Abu Nawar believed that "Jordan's distinguished relations with the countries of the world have achieved international support for it in this aspect, which is what prompted many of it to engage in this role, side by side with Amman."

He said: "Despite the cost of these operations, and that they are not sufficient to meet the sector's needs, in my opinion, they save some lives."

Abu Nawar pointed out that "the repercussions of the crisis in Gaza affect Jordan, and the Kingdom's decision was based on humanitarian intervention to break this siege and prevent famine from becoming a weapon in the hands of Israel."

Air dropping not parachutingThe military and strategic analyst, retired Brigadier General Hisham Suleiman Khreisat, distinguished at the beginning of his talk between air dropping and parachuting, as he explained that the first is for loads, and the second is for people.

He added: "Jordan has a very long experience, dating back five decades, in the field of parachuting and air dropping, and an infrastructure in the field of parachuting that is the largest in the region. It also has an experienced, trained, and highly qualified air team with great experience."

According to Khreisat, “The equipment used by the Jordanian army in the field of parachuting and aerial landing is of high quality, extremely safe, and free of air accidents.”

He pointed out that "the Jordanian Armed Forces participate in about 44 local and international exercises, most of which involve air dropping of loads and landing of troops."

He pointed out that "the air dropping process is expensive, and this depends on the size of the load. The larger it is, the more it requires a special type of parachute, the prices of which range between JD5,000 (7,000 US dollars) and JD70,000 (98,000 dollars)."

He stated that "Jordan is the first country in the world to use military GPS (Global Positioning System) to deliver loads to a specific point with its own eyes, meaning that the armed forces were the first to use satellites to guide parachutes."

Jordanian message
Radwan Al-Majali, head of the Department of Political Science at the Jordanian University of Mutah (governmental), saw that “Israel is seeking to pressure Hamas to achieve concessions regarding the issue of prisoners and hostages, using the policy of starvation.”

He added: "In the face of this policy, which Jordan rejects, especially collective punishment, the Kingdom took an important decision related to supporting the Palestinian brothers, and so came the step of landings in the Gaza Strip on the most needy areas."

Majali stressed, “Although the landings do not meet the needs of the people of the Gaza Strip, they are a message that the Kingdom supports Palestine and Gaza on the one hand, and a call to the international community to take action to provide aid.”

He stressed that "Israel does not want a ceasefire, but rather seeks to achieve greater gains by retrieving the hostages without doing so. Therefore, the siege and starvation policy is a pressure card on Hamas and the residents of the Gaza Strip to express their dissatisfaction with the resistance, in addition to pressure on the Palestinian Authority."

Majali added, "Israel wants to make these parties feel that they are not the cause of what the residents of the Gaza Strip are being exposed to, but rather Hamas."

He stressed that Jordan plays a humanitarian role, “through which it seeks to emphasize the importance of providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip, with international participation.”

Majali considered that "Jordan proved that it is a fundamental supporter of the Palestinians, and broke the Israeli policy of sieging Gaza through airdrops."

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