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Jordan's King Abdullah II has warned of the “catastrophic repercussions” of continued hostilities. (File photo).

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Abdallah II of Jordan on Sunday called on the United States to pressure Israel for a “ immediate ceasefire” in Gaza and warned of the “catastrophic repercussions” of a continuation of hostilities, while receiving American Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Amman.

Arriving on Saturday evening, Mr. Blinken is making a new tour of the Middle East to try to avoid the conflict spilling over and prevent an endless cycle of violence. He is also due to visit a World Food Program center, according to a senior US official close to him.

According to a statement from the royal palace in Amman, Abdullah II also stressed the need to end the tragic humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">The region will not experience stability without a just solution to the Palestinian question and the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution [ Palestinian and Israeli].

A quote from King Abdullah II of Jordan

He also reiterated Jordan's total rejection of the forced displacement of Palestinians and attempts to separate Gaza from the West Bank, two territories that he said are an integral part of a future Palestinian state.

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The King of Jordan also denounced acts of violence committed by extremist settlers against Palestinians and violations of Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, warning against the danger of an explosion of the situation in the region.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken upon his arrival in Amman, Jordan.

Mr. Blinken affirmed on Saturday evening during a stopover in Crete the importance of ensuring that the conflict does not spread.

One of the real concerns is the border between Israel and Lebanon and we want to do everything possible to ensure that there is no escalation, he added. /p>

Lebanese Hezbollah fired dozens of rockets on Saturday at a military base in northern Israel, an attack presented as its first response to the elimination, attributed to Israel, of Hamas number two on Tuesday near Beirut .

We want to ensure that countries who think the same use their links, their influence, their relationships with some of the actors who could be involved in keeping things under control, to ensure that the conflict does not spread, Mr. Blinken said.

He cited in particular the vital role that Turkey can play in this regard, after speaking on Saturday in Istanbul with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The relentless war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which entered its fourth month on Sunday, is raising fears of an overflow with the increase in violence, not only on the Israeli-Lebanese border, but also in Iraq, Syria and the Red Sea.

Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip have left 22,722 dead, mostly civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.

Israel vowed to destroy Hamas after its unprecedented attack on Israeli soil on October 7, which killed 1,140 people, mainly civilians, according to an AFP count based on the Israeli toll.

Mr. Blinken, whose country is Israel's primary political and military supporter, insisted on the imperative of increasing humanitarian aid to the Palestinian population of Gaza, reducing the number of civilian casualties, to work towards lasting regional peace and to move towards the establishment of a Palestinian state.

After Jordan, Mr. Blinken will fly to Qatar, which mediated the truce between Israel and Palestinian Hamas in late November.

He will end the day in Abu Dhabi, before going to Saudi Arabia on Monday, then to Israel where he expects, on his own confession, to have conversations that will not be easy.

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