US military aircraft airdrop thousands of meals into Gaza in emergency humanitarian aid operation

March 02, 2024

Three planes from Air Forces Central dropped 66 bundles containing about 38,000 meals into Gaza at 8:30 a.m. EST (3:30 p.m. local). The bundles were dropped in southwest Gaza, on the beach along the territory’s Mediterranean coast, one U.S. official said. The airdrop was coordinated with the Royal Jordanian Air Force, which has been airdropping food and took part in Saturday’s mission. Kirby said the airdrops have an advantage over trucks because planes can move aid to a particular location very quickly. Aid officials have said that airdrops are not an efficient means of distributing aid and are a measure of last resort.