US airdrops additional aid into Gaza as hopes of a ceasefire appear slim

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The US on Thursday sent fresh aid into Gaza, airdropping close to 40,000 meals in a joint operation with Jordan as hopes for a ceasefire ahead of Ramadan remained slim.

The US Central Command said in statement on X that, along with Royal Jordanian Air Force, it “conducted combined humanitarian assistance airdrop into Northern Gaza... at 3:20 p.m. (Gaza time) to provide essential relief to civilians in Gaza affected by the ongoing conflict.”

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“US C-130s dropped over 38,000 meals, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance in Northern Gaza, to enable civilian access to critical aid.”

CENTCOM said that the operation, which involved US army soldiers specialized in aerial delivery assistance supplies, is part of the Department of Defenses’ contribution to alleviate the humanitarian suffering in Gaza.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned that famine looms for Palestinians struggling to survive in the territory.

Thursday’s operation followed a similar one on Tuesday, were CENTCOM and Jordan airdropped over 36,000 meals into Gaza.

“These airdrops are part of a sustained effort and we continue to plan follow on aerial deliveries,” CENTCOM said.

The United States -- Israel’s staunchest ally -- began airdropping aid on Saturday into Gaza, which has faced relentless bombardment by Israel since Hamas launched its cross-border attack on October 7.

Countries such as Jordan and Belgium have been involved in airdropping aid into the besieged Strip although some believe it’s costly and inefficient.

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International effort has been exerted to reach a breakthrough between Israel and Hamas before the holy month of Ramadan next week.

However, chances of a truce appeared dim on Thursday after a Hamas delegation left Cairo and talks in the Egyptian capital showed no sign of progress.

With agencies

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