Biden announces US to airdrop humanitarian aid into Gaza

The president said ‘nowhere nearly enough’ aid was reaching Gaza


US President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2024. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden has announced that the US military will airdrop humanitarian supplies into Gaza amidst negotiations between Israel and Hamas for a ceasefire in exchange for the return of Israeli hostages.

In a statement delivered at the White House, Biden said: “The truth is, aid flowing into Gaza is nowhere nearly enough now. It’s nowhere nearly enough. Innocent lives are on the line and children’s lives are on the line.”

“We should be getting hundreds of trucks in, not just several.”

Speaking alongside the Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni, he said: “We’re going to pull out every stop we can” to deliver aid, but according to Politico misspoke several times and referred to Gaza as ‘Ukraine.”

On Monday, Biden expressed hope that a ceasefire deal could be reached between Hamas and Israel before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, although this was disputed by several Israeli government sources.

Earlier this week, Jewish senator Bernie Sanders said: “The United States must immediately begin to airdrop food, water, and other lifesaving supplies into Gaza,

“While an airdrop will buy time and save lives, there is no substitute for sustained ground deliveries of what is needed to sustain life in Gaza. Israel MUST open the borders and allow the United Nations to deliver supplies in sufficient quantities.”

National Security Spokesperson John Kirby said: “There’s few military operations that are more complicated than humanitarian assistance airdrops. This is a tough military mission.”

The announcement from President Biden comes a day after a deadly riot at an aid delivery in northern Gaza killed more than 100 Palestinians. According to the IDF, a deadly stampede erupted, with soldiers firing warning shots into the crowd, killing 10. 

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