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USA drops aid supplies over the Gaza Strip

2024-03-02T16:24:31.252Z

Highlights: USA drops aid supplies over the Gaza Strip. Jordan has been dropping aid supplies since November and Egypt has been doing so for a few days. The food or medicine dropped brings some relief from the need, especially in areas that are difficult or impossible to reach by land with aid deliveries. UN organizations point out that the quantities that can be delivered through airdrops are rather small. It would be easier, say UN officials, if Israel would simply allow aid deliveries by truck through border crossings in the north.



As of: March 2, 2024, 5:15 p.m

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There is hunger in the Gaza Strip.

Now the Americans are reacting.

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The situation for the civilian population in Gaza is catastrophic.

Everything is missing.

The USA is now also launching aid deliveries from the air.

Washington - The USA has begun delivering aid supplies to the civilian population in the Gaza Strip from the air.

The responsible regional command of the US military, Centcom, announced on Saturday that US military C-130 transport aircraft had dropped a total of around 38,000 meals over the crisis area.

It was a joint operation with the Jordanian Air Force.

Plans are currently underway for further operations of this kind.

The day before, US President Joe Biden said in view of the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza that the US wanted to supply the people in the densely populated coastal area with aid from the air and would also consider deliveries by sea.

There are few military operations more complicated than airdrops of humanitarian aid, National Security Council Communications Director John Kirby emphasized on Friday.

It would be “extremely difficult” to carry out a drop in an area as densely populated as the Gaza Strip.

Many people are crammed into a small space.

They want to get as close as possible to those in need, but not in such a way that they end up in danger.

Jordan has been dropping aid supplies over the Gaza Strip since November and Egypt has been doing so for a few days.

The flights are coordinated with Israel.

The food or medicine dropped brings some relief from the need, especially in areas that are difficult or impossible to reach by land with aid deliveries, such as the northern Gaza Strip.

However, UN organizations point out that the quantities that can be delivered through airdrops are rather small.

Given the large number of people suffering in the Gaza Strip, the effect is quickly dissipated, they say.

In addition, all order has collapsed in the affected areas of Gaza as a result of the war.

Young men often fight over the dropped packages in order to get something for their families.

It would be easier, say UN officials, if Israel would simply allow aid deliveries by truck through border crossings in the north of the Gaza Strip.

UN: Warning of thousands of civilians starving to death

The US government has been warning about the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza for weeks and is insisting on a ceasefire.

Together with Egypt and Qatar, Washington is mediating between the Islamist Hamas and Israel in order to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza war.

The goals are to release the hostages in the hands of Hamas and to improve the delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip.

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Representatives of the United Nations recently warned in the Security Council of the starvation of thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing ahead with a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip and restricting humanitarian aid despite ongoing ceasefire negotiations.

On Thursday, when an aid convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip, many desperate people tried to get relief supplies.

The onslaught resulted in riots and shooting by Israeli soldiers.

According to the Hamas-controlled health authority, more than a hundred people were killed and more than 700 injured.

The incidents are still largely unexplained.

While the Palestinian side said that Israeli soldiers had deliberately fired into the crowd, the Israeli military blamed the chaos and crowds for the deaths.

Shots were fired, but only a few people were injured.

Numerous countries, including the USA and Germany, then demanded clarification from Israel.

The tragedy occurred on the day the 30,000 death mark was passed since the start of the Israeli military offensive.

dpa

Source: merkur

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