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U.S. Dispatches Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Amidst Truce

First Military Flights Deliver Essential Supplies to Palestinians

Washington, D.C. In a significant move, the United States initiated the first of three military flights to Egypt on Tuesday, laden with humanitarian aid destined for Gaza. The mission aims to provide assistance to Palestinians during a truce negotiated between Hamas and U.S. ally Israel.

The relief flights, carrying crucial supplies such as food, medical resources, and winter gear, mark the first direct involvement of the U.S. military since the conflict erupted with Hamas’ attacks on Israel on October 7.

This humanitarian effort follows President Joe Biden’s commitment to leveraging the truce extension to enhance aid delivery into Gaza. International initiatives are underway to prolong the ceasefire further.

Jake Sullivan, U.S. National Security Adviser, emphasized the urgency of addressing the humanitarian needs in Gaza. He stated, “The United States is committed to this effort,” highlighting President Biden’s commitment to rallying the international community for increased support, aligning with a U.N. appeal for Gaza.

Supplies to Save Lives

The first Air Force C-17 aircraft, carrying 24.5 metric tons (54,000 pounds) of medical supplies and ready-to-eat food, landed in Egypt on Tuesday, as confirmed by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The United Nations will facilitate the transfer of aid from Egypt’s North Sinai region, bordering Gaza, into the distressed Palestinian territory.

“These U.N. supplies will save lives and alleviate the suffering of thousands in Gaza,” Sullivan affirmed. Two additional planeloads are set to arrive in the coming days to further bolster the aid effort.

Truce Extension Facilitates Aid Movement

Qatar, acting as a mediator, declared a 48-hour extension of the initial four-day truce on Monday, paving the way for the release of hostages seized by Hamas during its attack on Israel.

U.S. officials reported that 800 aid trucks reached southern Gaza from Egypt within the first four days of the truce, with some aid also reaching the heavily affected northern Gaza.

“The movement of assistance over the last four or five days has been so significant that a backfill is now needed, and these planes are part of that backfill,” stated a senior U.S. official during a press briefing on Monday.

Cautionary Diplomacy

While the U.S. has deployed military assets in the region to deter Iran and support Israel, this marks the first instance of using military planes for humanitarian aid delivery during this conflict.

President Biden, expressing unwavering support for Israel while urging a reduction in civilian casualties, acknowledged on Monday that the truce has allowed a “significant surge” in aid. However, the White House cautioned that Israel has signaled its intent to resume hostilities against Hamas once the truce concludes.

U.S. officials revealed that Biden warned Israel against causing mass displacements in southern Gaza, echoing concerns about the humanitarian impact of its offensive in the north earlier this month.

Hamas initiated a historic breach of Gaza’s militarized border on October 7, staging the deadliest attack in Israel’s history. Israel claims the attack resulted in the deaths of 1,200 people, mostly civilians, with around 240 taken hostage. In response, Israel launched a relentless campaign, including a ground offensive, causing thousands of casualties, as reported by the Hamas government.

Source: VOA News


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Meet Shafeek Ahmad, a dedicated news writer at HTBS News, with a passion for unearthing stories that matter. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering accurate and engaging news, Shafeek is a trusted source of information. Bringing years of experience to the table, Shafeek's writing is a blend of expertise and storytelling. In an era of fast-paced news cycles, Shafeek's articles stand out for their precision and commitment to journalistic integrity.
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