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    US Military Aircraft Airdrop Thousands of Meals Into Gaza in Emergency Humanitarian Aid Operation

    US Military Aircraft Airdrop Thousands of Meals Into Gaza in Emergency Humanitarian Aid Operation

    (AP) — U.S. military C-130 cargo planes on Saturday dropped food in pallets over , three U.S. officials said, two days after more than 100 Palestinians who had surged to pull goods off an aid convoy were killed during a chaotic encounter with Israeli troops.

    Three planes from Air Forces Central dropped 66 bundles containing about 38,000 meals into Gaza at 8:30 a.m. EST, according to two of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity before a public announcement.

    The airdrop is expected to be the first of many announced by President Joe Biden on Friday. The aid will be coordinated with , which has also conducted airdrops to deliver food to Gaza.

    At least 115 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded in the Thursday attack as they scrambled for aid, the Health Ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza said. says many of the dead were trampled in a chaotic crush for the food aid, and its troops fired warning shots after the crowd moved toward them in a threatening way.

    White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said Friday that the airdrops were being planned to deliver emergency humanitarian assistance in a safe way to people on the ground. The United States believes the airdrops will help address the dire situation in Gaza, but they are no replacement for trucks, which can transport far more aid more effectively, though Thursday's events also showed the risks with ground…

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