Greatest risk of famine in Gaza has not yet arrived, JHCO Secretary General says, 1st add

Shebli pointed out that the aid distribution process carried out through strategic partnerships with specialised UN and international relief organisations.

“We rely on these partnerships to ensure the effectiveness and speed of aid distribution. For instance, we cooperate with the World Food Programme and partner associations working in the Gaza Strip to ensure the coordinated and organised distribution of food and medicines. These partnerships allow us to distribute aid efficiently and ensure it reaches its recipients as quickly as possible,” he explained.

On the participation in the “Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza” conference, Shebli said; “The prominent international participation in the conference is very important. The international response at all levels confirms a serious desire to help. We are currently working in cooperation with the international community and concerned parties to make Jordan a key point on the map of transit to Gaza by establishing a Jordanian relief corridor to facilitate the delivery of aid to the sector more effectively and quickly.”

He added, “This corridor includes integrated logistical arrangements in coordination with the relevant authorities between Jordan and Gaza to ensure the smooth passage of relief convoys. We also coordinate efforts with UN and international organisations to ensure the sustainable and continuous provision of aid. The Jordanian relief corridor will allow us to increase the volume of aid sent and deliver it faster to those in need, especially in times of emergency crises, and Jordan has what it takes to play this humanitarian ethical role it bears on its shoulders, given its long-standing commitment to serving the Palestinian people.”

Shebli noted that relief work is fraught with risks, it is not as easy as some might think and the path for the work of associations and humanitarian sector institutions is not paved. “There are many obstacles that hinder our way of sending relief materials to Gaza, including security restrictions imposed on border crossings that lead to delays in their arrival.”

He added, “We also face logistical problems related to the number of trucks in the fleet, which do not meet the needs and require support. Additionally, there are challenges related to coordinating the movement of trucks and ensuring their safety, as several convoys have been attacked by settlers. In addition, there is a high cost to sending aid convoys; a single convoy of 100 trucks can cost up to half-a-million dollars, including transportation costs, fuel, and worker wages, as well as administrative costs.”

//Petra// AF

11/06/2024 23:40:25