The United States, on Tuesday (28/11), sent the first of three military aircraft to Egypt, to bring important humanitarian aid to Gaza. The US pledged to help Palestinians during a ceasefire between Hamas and US ally Israel.
The aid flight carrying food, winter and medical supplies was the first sent by the US military since the conflict began with a Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.
The flights began a day after President Joe Biden said he would use the ceasefire extension to funnel more aid to Gaza, and as the international community continues to seek to extend the pause.
“The humanitarian needs in Gaza demand that the international community do more. “The United States is committed (to realizing) this effort,” said Jake Sullivan, US national security adviser, in a statement.
Sullivan said Biden would work to “rally the international community to urgently scale up support” for the UN call to help Gaza.
The first Air Force C-17 aircraft landed Tuesday in Egypt carrying 24.5 metric tons of medical supplies and ready-to-eat food, the U.S. Agency for International Development said.
The UN will funnel aid from Egypt’s North Sinai region, which borders the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, to the war-torn Palestinian territory, US officials said. (ps/rs)