US resumes air drops aid into northern Gaza

AFP , Monday 10 Jun 2024

An American cargo plane dropped more than 10 metric tons of rations into northern Gaza on Sunday, the US army said, after a suspension of such deliveries due to the Israeli onslaught in the area.

File photo: Containers of humanitarian aid are ready to be dropped from a US C-17 Air Force plane to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.


Gaza's population is on the brink of famine after eight months of Israel's bloodiest-ever war on the territory, and the United States turned to delivering it by air and sea as Israel blocked the entry of aid via land.

The air drops have been widely criticized by aid groups as being a "drop in the ocean" compared to what's needed in Gaza, who stress that there is no alternative to Israel opening all landing crossings into the territory.

The US pier has also been described as a "distraction" and an "unviable option" for the delivery of life-saving aid for Palestinians who are facing a famine engineered by Israel.

"To date the US has airdropped more than 1,050 metric tons of humanitarian assistance" in addition to aid delivered via a temporary pier attached to the Gaza coast, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.

The latest air drop came a day after aid deliveries were restarted via the pier, which was damaged by bad weather last month and had to be repaired in a nearby port before being reattached to the coast.

Israel has killed at least 37,084 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded 83,530 others, mostly women and children, in relentless bombardments and ground invasions.


*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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