A United States military plane carrying crucial supplies for Gaza has landed in Egypt.

A United States military plane carrying crucial supplies for Gaza has landed in Egypt.

72-hour cease-fire

A military aircraft from the United States arrived in Egypt on Tuesday, carrying 54,000 pounds of food and medical aid for civilians in Gaza. This is the first of three planned flights to provide relief during a 72-hour cease-fire in the area.

There is currently a temporary pause in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas..

USAID announced that a C-17 aircraft from the Air Force transported supplies to Egypt, which will then be transferred to Gaza and distributed to civilians by the United Nations.

USAID released a statement stating that providing more humanitarian aid is crucial for saving lives and easing the suffering of the most vulnerable, with 1.7 million people displaced and 2.2 million in need of assistance. The agency also mentioned that U.S. Central Command transported the supplies, at their request, to support a surge of life-saving aid to Palestinian civilians during the temporary cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

A photo provided by the U.S. military shows humanitarian supplies bound for Gaza loaded on a U.S. Air Force C-17 that transported them to Egypt on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023.

The U.S. military has shared an image of humanitarian aid being loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 on its way to Egypt, en route to Gaza. This occurred on November 28, 2023.

Central Command of the United States

Trucks have been transporting supplies across Egypt’s border with Gaza for weeks. The Hamas-controlled territory has been sealed off by Israel since the attacks by the group on Oct. 7. A senior administration official said that since President Biden visited the region

During the month of October, over 2,000 trucks were sent out to provide food, water, medical aid, shelter materials, and fuel. President Biden has emphasized that while the U.S. supports Israel in their conflict with Hamas, they are also dedicated to assisting Palestinian civilians in meeting their essential necessities.

According to officials, a designated terrorist organization has released numerous women and children. However, the release of humanitarian aid and hostages are not linked. Among the recently released individuals was a 4-year-old girl from the United States.

“The aid and fuel being transported are not connected to the release of hostages,” stated a government representative. They also noted that after the current phase of hostage releases is completed, it would be best to maintain higher levels of support.

Kathryn Watson

Source: cbsnews.com