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In a first, planes airdrop humanitarian aid to northern Gaza

Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and France jointly conducted an airdrop of humanitarian aid, including food and medical supplies, over Gaza on 27 February. Approximately 45 tonnes of aid were dropped in the northern and central parts of Gaza, as reported by local Egyptian media. This occurred amidst warnings by aid agencies about the looming famine in Gaza while Israel has been delaying deliveries. The United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) stated that the last time they were able to deliver food aid to northern Gaza was on 23 January.

February 28, 2024 at 8:30 pm

Several planes airdropped humanitarian aid in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, for the first time since the start of a deadly Israeli offensive on the Palestinian enclave, according to witnesses, Anadolu Agency reports.

Boxes of humanitarian assistance were dropped around the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia town, witnesses said.

Planes also airdropped another aid shipment near the Rimal neighbourhood west of Gaza City, they added.

“The assistance was very limited,” a local source said.

No details were yet available about the nationality of the aircraft.

On Tuesday, Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, France and Qatar carried out an operation to airdrop aid to Gaza.

Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip, leaving its population, particularly residents of northern Gaza, on the verge of starvation.

On Sunday, the UN Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) warned of an imminent famine in Gaza as aid agencies struggle to deliver food to the north of the enclave.

Last week, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that a rise in malnutrition among children and pregnant and breast-feeding women in Gaza poses grave threats to their health.

Israel has launched a deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip following a Hamas attack on 7 October. The ensuing Israeli bombardment has killed nearly 29,954 and injured over 70,000 with mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

The Israeli war has pushed 85 per cent of Gaza’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 per cent of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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