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US Carries Out First Airdrop Of Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

On March 2, US carries out first airdrop of humanitarian aid into Gaza. This came after the deaths of Palestinians waiting in line for food, which showed how bad things were getting for people living in the crowded coastal region after months of Israeli military operations.

Author:Suleman Shah
Reviewer:Han Ju
Mar 04, 2024
On March 2, US carries out first airdrop of humanitarian aid into Gaza. This came after the deaths of Palestinians waiting in line for food, which showed how bad things were getting for people living in the crowded coastal region after months of Israeli military operations.
Aid has already been dropped from the sky into Gaza by Jordan, France, and other countries. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that 576,000 people, or 25% of the population, are just one step away from starvation.
Three C-130cargo planes from Air Forces Central conducted the airdrop, releasing 66 bundles containing approximately 38,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) on the beach along the territory's Mediterranean coast.
President Joe Biden, authorizing the mission, expressed urgency in a statement on X, stating:
The amount of aid flowing to Gaza is not nearly enough, and we will continue to pull out every stop we can to get more aid in.- Joe Biden
The airdrop, coordinated with the Royal Jordanian Air Force, is anticipated to be the first of many, as the dire situation in Gaza continues to unfold. U.S. Central Command reported that the operation involved a collaboration of U.S. Air Force and RJAF C-130 aircraft, along with Army Soldiers specializing in aerial supply deliveries.
The combined operation included U.S. Air Force and RJAF C-130 aircraft and respective Army Soldiers specialized in aerial delivery of supplies, built bundles and ensured the safe drop of food aid.- U.S. Central Command
Biden had announced the decision to air drop food to Gaza on Friday after the tragic incident on Thursday, where Palestinians, rushing for aid, faced fatal consequences. Health Ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza reported at least 115 killed and hundreds wounded.
The Biden administration officials revealed that the airdropstrategically targeted locations perceived as safest for civilians to access aid. The U.S. monitored the sites, observing civilians distributing food among themselves after the airdrop.
White House national security spokesperson John Kirby emphasized that while airdrops address the immediate crisis, they are not a substitute for ground transport, which can efficiently transport larger volumes of aid. Kirby noted that planes have the advantage of swift deployment to specific locations, highlighting the C-130's capability to land in austere environments.
The C-130, widely recognized for delivering aid to remote locations, can airlift up to 42,000 pounds of cargo. Its crews are skilled in rigging cargo onto massive pallets for safe aerial deployment.
The decision to resort to airdrops reflects the challenging humanitarian situation in Gaza, where Israel has restricted the entry of essential supplies since the conflict began on October 7. The United Nations estimates that one-quarter of Gaza's 2.3 million population faces starvation, prompting the use of airdrops as a measure of last resort.

Final Words

U.S. military C-130 cargo planes dropped food on pallets over Gaza as the first step in President Joe Biden's emergency humanitarian aid plan. This came after more than 100 Palestinians were killed when they tried to take goods off of an aid convoy in a chaotic battle with Israeli troops.
Around 38,000 meals were dropped into Gaza by three planes from Air Forces Central at 8:30 a.m. EST. The packages were dropped on a beach in the southwest of Gaza, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Royal Jordanian Air Force managed the airdrop.
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
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