June 15, 2024

Risking Lives: Palestinian Drownings Highlight the Perils of Airlifting Aid to Gaza

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12 people drown off the coast of Gaza following aid drop

Aid supplies were dropped from planes off the coast of the Gaza Strip, according to Hamas. On Monday afternoon, twelve Palestinians drowned in the sea while trying to reach the packages that had fallen into the water off a beach in the northern part of the coastal area, as reported by Hamas’s media office. Eyewitnesses stated that some of the victims were unable to swim and others got caught in ropes used to hold together aid packages.

The northern Gaza Strip has been experiencing severe suffering among its civilian population during the ongoing war, which has been going on for more than five months. Aid deliveries by land are limited due to Israel closing border crossings in the north of Gaza Strip. Additionally, fighting and chaotic conditions within the coastal area make it dangerous for trucks to travel.

The USA, Jordan, and other countries have been dropping relief supplies from military aircraft for over a month, with Germany also joining in mid-March. However, aid organizations highlight that an airlift can only partially replace transportation of relief goods by land. The war was sparked by a brutal massacre carried out by terrorists from Hamas and other extremist Palestinian organizations near Israel’s border with Gaza on October 7th.

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