How can US aid help Gaza, even though the operation is complicated?

2024-03-03 11:35:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
How can US aid help Gaza, even though the operation is complicated?
Humanitarian aid

The United States began airdropping emergency humanitarian aid to Gaza on Saturday.

US President Joe Biden has said that the US is considering other ways to help Palestinians in the territory led by Hamas, as the group's war with Israel continues.

Hamas has been declared a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.

When did the aid start being released?

Three C-130 cargo planes dropped off 38,000 packages to Gaza on Saturday afternoon.

Aid has been dropped in southwest Gaza, around the coastal area, a US official said.

The operation has been coordinated with the Jordanian air force, which started sending aid to Gaza days ago in the same way.

Why now?

Biden's decision came after at least 115 Palestinians were killed and more than 750 wounded on Thursday while trying to get aid in northern Gaza, according to Palestinian health authorities.

Witnesses have said that the Israeli army fired at the crowd, considering it a danger.

The US has repeatedly asked Israel to send humanitarian aid to Gaza and open a third border crossing in the region, but Thursday's violence shows that the challenges are great, despite the circumstances.

"The loss of life is heartbreaking", said Biden, as he announced the launch of aid.

"People there are so desperate."

How will the US make sure aid gets where it needs to go?

Asked how the U.S. will ensure that supplies do not end up in the hands of Hamas, U.S. Homeland Security spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. will learn more during the air operations.

"There are few other military operations that are more complicated than dropping humanitarian aid from the air," he said.

According to him, the Pentagon will identify the areas where aid will be released to balance the situation in all regions.

"The biggest risk is until we make sure nobody gets hurt on the field," Kirby said.

He said that the US is also analyzing ways to distribute aid, when they touch the ground.

Will the help be noticed?

The US believes the aid will help the people of Gaza, but it is no substitute for trucks, which can carry aid much more effectively.

Kirby said the advantage of air support is that help can reach a location very quickly.

However, when it comes to the quantity, it cannot be compared with the help carried by the trucks.

Can more be done?

The US and allies are trying to broker a new ceasefire between Hamas and Israel that would allow the release of hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, and the release of some Palestinians from Israeli prisons during the six-week pause.

If the ceasefire is reached, the US hopes that the conditions would be created for a very large amount of aid to enter Gaza.

Biden said on Friday that the US is working with allies to create a maritime corridor that allows aid to be sent to Gaza by sea./ REL

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