Video: Egypt and UAE airdrop more aid to northern Gaza Strip

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Mar 2024

Egyptian and Emirati military aircraft conducted a new round of airdrops of tons of relief aid, food, and medical supplies over the northern Gaza Strip, announced Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman Gharib Abdel-Hafez on Wednesday.

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Aid being dropped to Northern Gaza by Egyptian and Emirati military aircraft on Wednesday by . Photo and Video courtesy of Egyptian Armed Forces Spokesman Gharib Abdel-Hafez

 

Several military transport aircraft from both countries took off from Arish Airport to execute the airdrops, Abdel-Hafez said, adding that this comes in continuation of the "effective Egyptian-Emirati efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to our Palestinian brothers."

Abdel-Hafez pointed out that the purpose of the most recent aid airdrops is to alleviate the severe humanitarian crisis faced by the residents of areas in the strip that are difficult to reach by land transportation.

 

 

The airdrops go hand in hand with the use of the Rafah border crossing, which remains constantly open to facilitate aid entry into Gaza, amid Egyptian and international efforts to de-escalate the situation and achieve a ceasefire before the holy month of Ramadan,  the statement added.

The Egyptian Air Force airdropped aid to Gaza for the first time since the start of the Israeli war on the strip on Tuesday 27 February, and subsequently on Thursday 29 February and Saturday 3 March. 

Egypt has facilitated the delivery of aid to 2.4 million Palestinians under an Israeli blockade in Gaza since 7 October through the Rafah and Karm Abu Salem crossings with the strip.

As of February, Egypt has provided 100,000 tons out of the 130,000 tons of humanitarian aid delivered to people in Gaza, according to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

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