Gaza faces catastrophic famine, the US releases aid for the first time
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Gaza faces catastrophic famine, the US releases aid for the first time

(Dan Tri) – The US military has conducted the first aid drop in the Gaza Strip as the area faces a humanitarian crisis.

The US military dropped aid into Gaza on March 2 (Photo: Reuters).

US officials said three C-130 transport planes dropped more than 38,000 meals on the Gaza Strip on March 2.

Previously, US President Joe Biden on March 1 announced a plan to drop food and necessities for people in Gaza.

Other countries, including Jordan and France, have also dropped aid into the Gaza Strip.

`We need to do more and America will do more,` Mr. Biden declared, saying `aid sent to Gaza is not nearly enough.`

At the White House, spokesman John Kirby emphasized that the aid drops would become a `sustainable effort`.

Mr. Biden said the US is also considering the possibility of establishing a maritime corridor to deliver large amounts of aid to Gaza.

Gaza faces catastrophic famine, the US releases aid for the first time

The US Air Force’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft drops aid into Gaza (Photo: Reuters).

Two Egyptian security sources said on March 2 that ceasefire negotiations in Gaza between Israeli and Hamas delegations will resume in Cairo on March 3.

According to Egyptian sources, the sides agreed on the duration of the ceasefire in Gaza as well as the release of hostages and prisoners, adding that the completion of the ceasefire still requires the withdrawal of Israeli forces.

However, Israel’s Ynet news agency quoted an unnamed senior official as saying Israel would not send a delegation to the Cairo talks until it receives a full list of living hostages held in Gaza.

According to the source, the central issue being resolved is how many Israeli hostages will be released from Gaza, and how many Palestinians will be freed by Israel in exchange for each hostage.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCH) said at least 576,000 people across Gaza, a quarter of the region’s population, are `facing high levels of deprivation and hunger.`

According to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), almost the entire population of 2.2 million people need food aid, with one in six children under two years old suffering from severe malnutrition.

More than 30,000 people have been killed in Gaza since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out in October 2023.

People in the Gaza Strip have to eat livestock feed, even cacti to survive.

According to health authorities in Gaza, the high death toll underscores the horrific months-long ordeal of the Palestinian people in the strip, in which Israel’s aerial bombing campaigns and ground attacks have caused

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