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    How US Airdrops of Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza Can Help and Why the Operation Is Complicated

    How US Airdrops of Humanitarian Aid Into Gaza Can Help and Why the Operation Is Complicated

    (AP) — The United States on Saturday began airdrops of emergency humanitarian assistance into Gaza. President Joe Biden, who announced the operation on Friday, said the U.S. was looking into additional ways to help Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled territory as the -Hamas war goes on.

    A look at what to know:

    WHEN DID THE AIRDROPS START?

    Three C-130 cargo planes from Air Forces Central dropped 66 bundles containing about 38,000 meals into Gaza at 8:30 a.m. EST Saturday. The bundles were dropped in Gaza, on the beach along the territory's Mediterranean coast, one U.S. official said. The airdrop was coordinated with the Royal Jordanian Air , which has been airdropping food and took part in Saturday's mission.

    More airdrops are expected to follow.

    WHY NOW?

    Biden's decision comes after at least 115 Palestinians were killed and more than 750 others were injured on Thursday trying to access aid in northern Gaza under disputed circumstances, according to Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry. Witnesses said Israeli troops opened fire as huge crowds raced to pull goods off an aid convoy, while Israel has said it fired only when its troops felt threatened and that most of the civilian casualties were from trampling.

    The U.S. has been pushing Israel to speed the flow of humanitarian assistance into Gaza and…

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