WFP Delivers First Aid Convoy From Jordan to Gaza

Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023
Published December 20, 2023

East Jerusalem – On Wednesday, a 46-truck convoy, organized by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), carried more than 1,650,000 pounds of lifesaving food into Gaza, marking the first time a direct aid convoy from Jordan has reached the Gaza Strip since the upsurge in hostilities began on October 7.

After weeks of coordination with all parties, this crucial first step could pave the way for a more sustainable aid corridor through Jordan and allow for the delivery of more aid at scale. That has so far not been possible with only one route through Egypt.

“Establishing a corridor through Jordan will increase the flow of aid and remove some of the pressure and congestion we are currently facing. This will allow us to secure more supplies and have more trucks on the road,” said Samer Abdeljaber, WFP representative and country director/emergency coordinator. “We are very grateful to everyone who made this possible. This is a promising step that will hopefully grant us more sustained and scaled-up access to reach more people in Gaza, faster.”

In line with its commitment to provide lifesaving food assistance to people in Gaza, the U.N. World Food Programme has been mobilizing food across all surrounding areas in the region. Delivering food from Jordan to Gaza through Kerem Shalom crossing will increase the volume and speed of food reaching the Gaza Strip, as millions face the risk of starvation.

The U.N. World Food Programme has been continuously working with the government of Jordan to augment the humanitarian response to Gaza since the start of the current crisis. In past weeks, the U.N. World Food Programme transported aid from Jordan to Gaza through the Aqaba – Nuweiba/Egypt crossing point and facilitated airlifts of inter-agency humanitarian supplies from Jordan to warehouse facilities at Al-Arish for eventual transport to Gaza.

This further collaboration has come following the recent Aqaba Process Meeting, hosted by His Majesty King Abdullah II, which called for the opening of additional border crossings and the use of Jordan as a base for aid entry into Gaza.

After 10 weeks of the crisis in Gaza, half of the population is now starving, with little access to food, water and shelter. The U.N. World Food Programme is committed to providing vital food assistance to reach people in Gaza wherever they are in the fastest way possible. To do so, the U.N. World Food Programme calls for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of all border crossings to provide relief and put an end to the suffering.

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