Jordan Air Drops Aid to Gaza

(Reuters) —
Aid is air dropped over Gaza, Feb. 26, 2024. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

The Jordanian army arranged Monday the biggest air-drop operation so far to deliver aid to Gaza, an army statement said.

The monarch himself participated in an airdrop of humanitarian aid to Gaza this month, in a move highlighting his kingdom’s role in spearheading an international campaign to speed aid flows into the war-torn enclave.

Monday’s operation deployed four C-130 planes including one belonging to the French air force, army spokesperson Brigadier General Mustafa Hiyari said.

Aid was dropped to 11 sites along the Gaza coast from its northern edge to the south for civilians to collect, Hiyari told Reuters.

Previous airdrops that parachuted in medicines and humanitarian provisions were sent to hospitals the Jordanian army runs in Gaza.

The army planned in coming days to expand airdrops in participation with other countries, Hiyari said, adding that on Monday both Qatar and the UAE joined alongside Britain in providing the humanitarian aid deliveries.

“Intensifying the airdrops is a result of the worsening humanitarian conditions of the civilian population of Gaza that threatens famine and hunger,” Hiyari said.

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