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US Drops First Payload Of Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

The United States conducted its first airdrop of humanitarian aid to Gaza on Saturday with support from the Jordanian Air Force, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.

Centcom Said The drop was said to have been carried out by “U.S. Air Force and RJAF C-130 aircraft” between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Gaza time.The payload consisted of 66 pieces palette 38,000 cooked meals were dropped “along the Gaza coastline,” allowing civilians to access critical aid. (Related article: 'You're laughing, but you should': Kirby furious at reporter who suggested US was funding both sides of Gaza war)

“The Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop contributes to the U.S. government's continued efforts to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the people of the Gaza Strip,” the announcement reads. “We are proceeding with planning for the possibility of subsequent airborne aid delivery missions. These airdrops will help us obtain more aid to Gaza, including expanding the flow of aid through land and routes. This is part of our ongoing efforts to

President Joe Biden said Friday that the United States plans airdrops to bring relief to the region in the coming weeks as Israel continues its operation to root out the terrorist group Hamas. Although the administration recently began discussing airdrops, officials also said the effort would not have a major impact on the growing crisis in the region.

In January, the United States, Britain, Canada, Italy and others indefinitely suspended all aid to Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which was supposed to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to Gaza. They knew in advance of Hamas' plans for October 7 and took part in the attack. But the United Nations has expressed concern that 576,000 people in Gaza could face severe starvation without aid. according to To the Wall Street Journal.

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