The US launches humanitarian aid by air to the Gaza Strip; delivers 38 thousand food packages

He United States Army has begun this Saturday its air aid operation to the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip with the launch of 38 thousand food packages distributed on 66 pallets dropped from three C-130 planes that have flown over the enclave at low altitude, as confirmed by sources. military to NBCNews.

Thus begins the operation authorized this week by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to try to alleviate the devastating humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to the Israeli military operation in response to the militant attacks of October 7.

In recent days, France, Egypt and Jordan have launched several aid deliveries through this same system, given the enormous difficulty in the entry of humanitarian aid by land due to the fighting and the Israeli blockades on the passes to the enclave.

However, this type of aid has been viewed with considerable skepticism by both international NGOs and prominent diplomatic representatives such as the high representative of the EU Josep Borrell, understanding that it is little more than a token effort that also endangers the safety of desperate Palestinians trying to reach the packages.

NGO warns that air aid is not a substitute for humanitarian access

“Airdrops are not a substitute nor can they replace humanitarian access,” warned the International Rescue Committee NGO.

“The fact that airdrops are even being considered is testament to the serious access challenges in Gaza, where more than half a million people face famine conditions,” he added.

Borrell, for his part, described that this type of operations has a “minimal impact” when it comes to meeting the needs of the population at a time when the authorities of the enclave, to give a tragic example, have already raised the number of children who have died from starvation to 13 since the beginning of the conflict.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has also criticized this approach with a statement issued this Saturday in which it denounced the apparent unwillingness to use its influence over Israel to allow more humanitarian aid to reach Gaza.

“The United States is behaving like a marginal country and weak, unable to guarantee the entry of aid to the hungry in the Gaza Strip,” he lamented in a statement published on his X social network account.

The Ministry went on to express its “extreme surprise at the weakness exhibited by the United States,” which is adopting “measures inappropriate for a great power that is capable, if it wanted to, of forcing Israel to protect Palestinian civilians.”

Even the president of the United States, Joe Biden, acknowledged during his announcement of these operations that the enclave “should receive hundreds of aid trucks a day” because “what is arriving in Gaza right now is insufficient, and lives are at stake.”