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Palestinians In Jordan Fear For Family Members In Gaza

13 October 2023, Palestinian Territories, Gaza City: Palestinians flee to safer areas following Israeli air strikes. Israel’s military on Friday called for the evacuation of civilians from Gaza City for their “safety and protection.” Photo: Mohammed Talatene/dpa (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Palestinians In Jordan Fear For Family Members In Gaza

13 October 2023, Palestinian Territories, Gaza City: Palestinians flee to safer areas following Israeli air strikes. Israel’s military on Friday called for the evacuation of civilians from Gaza City for their “safety and protection.” Photo: Mohammed Talatene/dpa (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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Palestinians In Jordan Fear For Family Members In Gaza

Israel's military has ordered all residents of Gaza City and northern Gaza to evacuate to the southern end of the territory ahead of an expected ground invasion. Tens of thousands of Palestinians are struggling to evacuate - as closed borders hamper those efforts. Others refuse to leave the areas Israeli military forces say they will target. For Jordanian Palestinians who have family in the Gaza Strip their loved ones are just 90 miles away. But that distance can feel painfully close AND impossibly far. NPR's Ari Shapiro traveled to Amman, Jordan. He spoke with two Jordanian Palestinians who have family in the Gaza Strip about their hopes and fears. Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

13 October 2023, Palestinian Territories, Gaza City: Palestinians flee to safer areas following Israeli air strikes. Israel’s military on Friday called for the evacuation of civilians from Gaza City for their “safety and protection.” Photo: Mohammed Talatene/dpa (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/picture alliance via Getty Images)

picture alliance/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I

 

Israel's military has ordered all residents of Gaza City and northern Gaza to evacuate to the southern end of the territory ahead of an expected ground invasion.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians are struggling to evacuate - as closed borders hamper those efforts. Others refuse to leave the areas Israeli military forces say they will target.

For Jordanian Palestinians who have family in the Gaza Strip their loved ones are just 90 miles away. But that distance can feel painfully close AND impossibly far.

NPR's Ari Shapiro traveled to Amman, Jordan. He spoke with two Jordanian Palestinians who have family in the Gaza Strip about their hopes and fears.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

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