Palestinians fleeing the Israeli ground offensive arrive in Rafah, Gaza Strip AP
The announcement came during a press conference held by the director of USAID Samantha Power in El-Arish, in Egypt’s North Sinai.
El-Arish has become the hub for international humanitarian assistance crossing into Gaza.
According to Power, the $21 million of additional assistance will build on the $100 million of American humanitarian aid announced by President Biden on 18 October.
The funding announced will provide sanitary supplies, shelter, essential food, and multi-purpose assistance for over 120,000 individuals, she said.
Additionally, the funding will support psychosocial care and vital health services for the strained healthcare system in Gaza, where 60% of hospitals are out of service.
Furthermore, this funding will support the establishment of a field hospital managed by NGOs in Gaza, enhancing the current healthcare system by providing care for internal clinic patients according to USAID.
This announcement comes at a time when US Central Command, under the Department of Defense, delivered another 16.3 metric tons, or 36,000 pounds, of medical supplies to the United Nations as well as food and nutrition aid to meet immediate needs on the ground.
This marks the second airlift of UN relief supplies by the Department of Defense from Jordan to Egypt – the first airlift, carrying over 54,000 pounds of UN supplies, was sent on 28 November.
Additionally, the United States recently delivered over 500,000 pounds of emergency food supplies to assist civilians in Gaza.
More support is coming from the American people, USAID assured Palestinians.
"The United States, along with partners across the region and around the world, leads efforts to address the severe and escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza and increase the flow of life-saving humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza,” read a USAID statement on Power's announcement.