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Biden announces US military’s plan to airdrop aid into Gaza

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

President Joe Biden announced plans for a military airdrop of food and supplies into Gaza following the tragic deaths of Palestinians waiting for aid, highlighting a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Biden emphasized the urgency, stating that the United States, along with other nations like Jordan and France, would intensify efforts to provide aid to Gaza, Reuters reported.

The first U.S. airdrop, set for the coming days, aims to address the acute need, with White House spokesperson John Kirby emphasizing that it would be part of a sustained effort.

Military MREs (meals ready-to-eat) are likely to be included in the initial airdrop, with Biden also exploring the possibility of establishing a maritime corridor for aid delivery.

Officials anticipate the airdrops could commence over the weekend as Gaza faces dire circumstances, with a quarter of its population on the brink of famine, according to the UN.

Tragic incidents, such as the killing of over 100 people near Gaza City while attempting to reach a relief convoy, underscore the desperate situation unfolding in the region.

Reports indicate that Palestinians were killed during Israeli shootouts while waiting for humanitarian aid. Israel, however, claims that most of these deaths resulted from chaotic crowds around aid trucks. Despite this, concerns remain regarding the humanitarian impact and access to vital supplies.

Reports of people resorting to eating animal feed and cactuses highlight the severity of the crisis, prompting urgent calls for increased aid delivery by international organizations.

Despite logistical challenges, experts like retired U.S. Air Force General David Deptula believe that airdrops are a feasible and effective means of assisting in such circumstances.

Biden aims for a temporary ceasefire to coincide with the start of Ramadan, hoping to facilitate aid distribution and alleviate the suffering of those affected by the ongoing conflict.

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