At least 27 people were killed at dawn today in an Israeli bombing of homes in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that the occupation warplanes carried out a series of intense raids on large areas in the northern and the southern Gaza Strip, specifically on the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah in the south where at least 27 people were killed in the bombings in Rafah.

The occupation artillery also bombed the al-Daraj and al-Tuffah neighborhoods east of Gaza City, and the town of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

At least 18,600 Palestinians, mainly women and children, were killed in the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip which started on October 7 and about 50,600 were wounded. A large number of people are still buried under the rubble and killed on the roads.
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

National News Agency’s correspondent reported that the outskirts of the towns of Ramiya and Beit Lif were subjected to enemy artillery shelling.

The outskirts of the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab was also subjected to similar bombardment.
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Jordan dispatches 3 relief planes this week to Gaza-JHCO

Amman: Jordanian Hashemite Charitable Organization (JHCO), in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees (UNRWA), sent 3 planes loaded with 41 tonnes of winter clothes, medicines, and food parcels for people in Gaza, which will be delivered through the Rafah crossing.

In a statement Thursday, JHCO Secretary-General, Hussein Shibli, said: “The winter season has always been viewed difficult for people in Gaza. In light of their current conditions and since beginning of October 2023, the need to provide Gazans with winter clothes became one of the highest priorities.”

Shibli added that :”Therefore aid diversifies from medical to food to winter clothing to meet Gazans’ needs. Within the currently available capacity, we seek to send more planes and increase the delivered quantity.”

To date, a total of 20 aid aircrafts were dispatched by the JHCO to people in Gaza, as well as 39 trucks of medical, food and relief supplies, the statemen
t said.

The JHCO continues to receive cash donations through its bank account at Bank al Etihad No.: JO32 UBSI 1030 0000 4010 1659 9151 06, or through electronic wallets, or through Click JHCOGAZA, in addition to eFAWATEERcom and via its website www.
Source: Jordan News Agency

Minister Welcomes UAE Delegation, Highlights Robust Jordan-UAE Relations

Amman: Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh hosted a delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Defense College during their multi-day visit to Jordan.

Kharabsheh emphasized the profound and enduring relations between Jordan and the UAE, citing them as a model for Arab-Arab ties in terms of strength, durability, and foundation on mutual respect and common interests.

He highlighted ongoing communication between the leadership of both countries, tracing its roots back to the late King Hussein bin Talal and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The continuity of this approach is evident under His Majesty King Abdullah II and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, he added.

Kharabsheh underscored the depth of cooperation and coordination, particularly in the energy and mineral wealth sector, showcasing the growth of UAE investments in Jordan’s energy field through memoranda of understanding and ongoing projects.

Discussing Jordan’s aspirations to move away from fossil fue
ls, Kharabsheh outlined the sector’s qualitative leap due to proper planning and foresight, underlining the Kingdom’s potential as a clean energy exporter, given its strategic location and abundant sunlight.

Kharabsheh informed the delegation about Jordan’s initiatives for clean energy, striving for net-zero emissions and the comprehensive strategy for the energy sector (2020-2030). He discussed plans to reduce carbon emissions to 10 percent and make Jordan a regional hub for exporting green energy.

The minister highlighted the preparation of a national strategy for green hydrogen, including the signing of agreements with companies interested in green hydrogen production.

Additionally, Kharabsheh detailed efforts to establish a coastal gasification unit, aiming to reduce energy costs for economic sectors without compromising energy supply security.

Regarding regional cooperation, Kharabsheh mentioned electrical interconnection projects with neighboring countries and the Arab-Egyptian gas pipeline project.

Brigadier General Ali Al-Taniji, head of the UAE National Defense College delegation, stressed the historical fraternal relations uniting the leadership, government, and people of Jordan and the UAE.

He noted the college’s specialized visit program, designed to learn from Arab countries’ experiences, including Jordan, with a focus on achievements in various fields, including energy, tourism, and information and communication technology.
Source: Jordan News Agency

Committee chief describes Israeli settlement projects in Jerusalem as “colonial approach”

Amman: Secretary-General of the Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs Abdullah Kanaan said that the various methods of Israeli Judaization in the city of Jerusalem reinforces the conviction that the daily attacks targeting people, land, and Islamic and Christian sanctities are a planned Zionist settlement approach.

Kanaan added in a statement Thursday that the “distorted Talmudic Zionist doctrine is based on apartheid,” robbing the Palestinian people of their historical rights and depriving them of establishing their independent state on their national soil, with Jerusalem as its capital.

He pointed out that the cable car project, which Israel is rushing to implement, aims to connect the western and eastern parts of the occupied city of Jerusalem to facilitate the settlers’ storming of the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, threatening the historical and cultural identity of Jerusalem.

He pointed out that the occupation authority and its “racist courts” have recently notified 30 families in the Baydoun neighborhood in t
he town of Silwan to vacate their homes within two months to build a base for the cable car, noting that the total targeted area of Palestinian real estate and land for this purpose is estimated at approximately 8,725 square meters.

He said that the cable car project is merely one of several dangerous settlement projects that threaten the Arabism and history of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Kanaan stated that the international silence and the failure of the United Nations Security Council to issue a resolution to stop the aggressive war on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, encouraged Israel to practice a comprehensive campaign of Judaization and Israelization of all occupied Palestinian cities and towns.

Highlighting Jordan’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause, Kanaan emphasized the commitment of the Hashemite leadership and the people of Jordan to stand by the Palestinians, irrespective of the associated costs and sacrifices.
Source: Jordan News Agency

NEPCO launches automation project of Jordan’s electrical system

Amman: National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) kicked off a project to automate data and operations of the Kingdom’s electrical grid, carried out by its Operations and Information Technology Departments, its General Manager, Amjad Rawashdeh, announced Thursday.

Rawashdeh’s announcement came during the two departments’ presentaion to discuss mechanism of the automation program’s progress in its first phase.

Rawashdeh lauded this achievement for its “positive” impact in increasing efficiency of work performance, which reflects the company’s strategy and its interest in developing work of technical departments to keep pace with the “best” practices in this field.

Additionally, the two departments continue their work to implement subsequent phases of the project, in accordance with the set timetables for this goal, according to a NEPCO statement.
Source: Jordan News Agency

Disi water pumping resumed Thursday-Ministry

Amman: Pumping from Disi water project will resume on Thursday after capping scheduled preventive maintenance work on a number of Disi system facilities, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, “Miyahuna,” and Disi Water Company (Diwaco), the Disi water line operator, announced.

In a statement, the ministry said water supplies to citizens will gradually return as of this afternoon, according to the announced program for the Kingdom’s regions.

The ministry added that maintenance work seeks to preserve all water infrastructure and carry out the necessary periodic maintenance aimed to ensure its continued effectiveness and adequacy throughout the year.
Source: Jordan News Agency