Why Jordan canceled summit with Biden, Arab leaders

A planned summit with Joe Biden and Egyptian and Palestinian leaders in Amman tomorrow has been called off.

The US president is due to arrive in Tel Aviv tomorrow to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and was then due to go on to the summit in Jordan to meet Arab leaders as part of his diplomacy efforts.

The Jordanian foreign minister announced that the summit had been cancelled, saying there is “no use in talking about anything except stopping the war”.

Mr Biden has made clear his support for Israel and has said it has the right to defend itself against Hamas.

The leaders of Jordan and Egypt have both blamed Israel for the explosion at the al Ahli hospital in Gaza this evening.

Shortly after the explosion, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, said he would not go to the summit, which at that time was still going ahead. 

Israel has claimed that the militant group Palestinian Islamic Jihad were responsible for the blast.

The White House has not yet commented on the cancellation of the summit.

Palestinian protester ‘killed by Israeli forces’

The Hamas-run health ministry claims a Palestinian protester was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Nabi Saleh village, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Protests erupted in the city earlier after hundreds of people were reportedly killed in a strike on the al Alhi hospital in Gaza.

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