US Air Force Airdrops About 25,300 Meals into Norther Gaza Amid Ongoing Conflict

CENTCOM airdrops 25,300 meals into Gaza as humanitarian crisis escalates, with UN warning of famine risk and calls for Israel to facilitate aid delivery.

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Nitish Verma
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US Airdrops Humanitarian Aid to Northern Gaza Amid Ongoing Conflict

US Airdrops Humanitarian Aid to Northern Gaza Amid Ongoing Conflict

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) conducted airdrops of humanitarian aid into Northern Gaza on Monday morning, delivering approximately 25,300 meals using two C-130 US Air Force aircraft. This aid delivery contributes to the cumulative 891 tons of humanitarian assistance provided by the US to date, as the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine continues to escalate.

CENTCOM stated that the US Department of Defense is planning for more deliveries to help ease the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Jordanian armed forces have also been actively involved in providing aid, completing 84 humanitarian airdrops of food aid to the northern Gaza Strip since the start of Israel's war on Gaza in October, with an additional 190 airdrops carried out in collaboration with other countries.

Why this matters: The humanitarian situation in Gaza has reached a critical point, with nearly 1.7 million people forcibly displaced and living in appalling conditions under constant threat. The UN is struggling to prevent famine in the region, as aid deliveries face significant challenges and delays due to the ongoing conflict and restrictions imposed by Israel.

Queen Rania of Jordan explained that the airdrops were a desperate measure to address a desperate situation, as the country had failed to persuade Israel to open land access points. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, has urged all states with influence to do everything in their power to halt the "increasingly horrific human rights and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, rising violence and targeted attacks in the West Bank, and the heightened risk of wider escalation of conflict in the Middle East."

The US government, through USAID Administrator Samantha Power, has been engaging with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working in Gaza to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Power underscored the US position that Israel must uphold its obligations under international humanitarian law to facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of aid and ensure the safety of aid workers, civilians, and assets across Gaza.

The conflict has devastated Gaza, with the vast majority of schools and universities destroyed, and hospitals targeted, leaving Al-Shifa Hospital "completely non-functional." Thousands of Palestinians have been displaced, and the UN is helping families identify remains found in graves. The death toll has surpassed 33,000 people since October 7, and the emergence of famine is projected in northern Gaza.

Key Takeaways

  • CENTCOM conducted airdrops of 25,300 meals into northern Gaza, part of 891 tons of US aid.
  • Jordan's armed forces have completed 84 humanitarian airdrops of food aid to northern Gaza since October.
  • The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is critical, with 1.7 million forcibly displaced and facing famine risk.
  • The UN urges states to halt the "horrific" human rights and humanitarian crisis in Gaza and West Bank.
  • USAID is engaging NGOs to address the crisis, as Israel must uphold obligations to facilitate aid passage.