U.S., Jordan Airdrop Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza

March 6, 2024

Central Command and the Royal Jordanian Air Force conducted a combined humanitarian assistance airdrop into Northern Gaza … to provide essential relief to civilians affected by the ongoing conflict.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in a statement on Tuesday, marking the second such airdrop to people in Gaza amid the nearly five-month-old Israel-Hamas war. CENTCOM says the U.S. is continuing to plan “for follow-on aid delivery missions.”

Why It Matters: The U.S. and Jordan dropped more than 36,800 meals into Gaza on Tuesday, following a similar mission over the weekend in which the two nations dropped more than 38,000 meals into Gaza. In late February, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said more than half a million people in Gaza – or one quarter of the population – (are) one step away from famine …”

While aid groups argue airdrops into Gaza by themselves are not sufficient considering the crisis’ scale, Pentagon Press Secretary Pat Ryder noted the U.S. is considering the delivery of more aid into Gaza via the Mediterranean Sea, and is also urging Israel to allow more aid in via land crossings. As of Tuesday, Ryder said “there are no plans to send any U.S. forces into Gaza.”

Concerns continue to be raised by some that aid intended for innocent civilians in Gaza may fall into the hands of Hamas – a terrorist organization as designated by the U.S. government – who planned and committed the October 7th terrorist attack in Israel.

Read More: U.S. Participates in Second Humanitarian Airdrop for Gaza (U.S. Department of Defense)

More U.S. aid airdropped into Gaza (NPR)

U.S., Jordanian Forces Provide Additional Airdrops of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza (U.S. Air Force Central)

Photo Credit: U.S. Central Command via X

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas