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Netherlands Supports Jordan with Medical Supplies for Gaza

Library image from 2022 of a Royal Jordanian Air Force C-130 during an airdrop sortie [© Bob Morrison]

Medical supplies delivered to Jordan in November by the Netherlands have been airdropped into Gaza to resupply a Gaza field hospital.

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News Release, The Hague, 04 February 2024: In follow-up on a request, made by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan to Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, The Royal Netherlands Air Force delivered several bundles with medical supplies to Jordan in November 2023. These supplies have been used by Jordan in recent airdrops to resupply one of Jordan’s field hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

This evening [4th] additional cargo was precision-dropped in a joint operation of the Royal Jordanian Air Force together with the Royal Air Force of the Netherlands in the vicinity of the Jordanian field hospital in the city of Gaza. The Jordanian and Netherlands Air Forces closely cooperate in order to ensure delivery of all the necessary supplies in a complex operation.

Medical aid from the Netherlands being loaded onto a C-130 for airdrop into Gaza by the Royal Jordan Air Force [Dutch MoD news release image]

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan operates a military field hospital in Gaza since 2009. Since the conflict in Gaza erupted, the Jordanian Army has opened up a second military field hospital in the city of Khan Younis. Jordan has executed nine airdrops earlier.

Both countries intend to alleviate the needs in Gaza to the best of their abilities. The area is virtually inaccessible by road. This is also difficult by air, partly because of the threat of ongoing fighting. That is why the goods are dropped from a military aircraft that has self-protection equipment.

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