US Delivers Over 24 Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Via Egypt

Washington D.C., United States, November 30, 2023 - In a significant humanitarian move, the United States has airlifted 24.5 metric tons (over 54,000 pounds) of U.N. humanitarian supplies to support the people of Gaza, Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder announced on November 28, 2023. The consignment includes essential medical supplies, warm clothing, and food and nutrition assistance, meeting urgent needs in the region.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeanne Caron, 89th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, ushers in 24.7 metric tons of humanitarian aid destined for Gaza aboard a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed airfield in the Middle East, Nov. 28, 2023. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

The delivery was carried out by a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft, landing in Egypt. From there, the supplies will be transported overland into Gaza for distribution by U.N. agencies. This operation was executed at the behest of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This latest shipment is part of a larger aid effort by the United States in the region. Just last week, over 500,000 pounds of food assistance were delivered to el-Arish, Egypt, by USAID-contracted aircraft, destined for Gaza. These sustained efforts underscore the U.S. commitment to providing humanitarian aid to conflict-affected areas.

Further flights are expected in the coming days to continue supporting the people of Gaza. For more details on these ongoing humanitarian efforts, officials have directed inquiries to USAID.

The U.S. government's rapid response and substantial aid delivery highlight its dedication to addressing humanitarian crises globally. The delivery of these supplies is expected to significantly alleviate the suffering of those affected in Gaza, providing a much-needed lifeline in challenging times.

The C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) by McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing). It is known for its impressive ability to transport large payloads across long distances and for its versatile performance in various operational environments. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. Its design includes a robust landing gear system, allowing it to land on rough, unpaved runways. This capability, combined with its sizable cargo hold, makes it invaluable for military, humanitarian, and disaster relief operations.

The C-17 Globemaster III has a substantial loading capacity, designed to carry large and heavy payloads. It can transport up to 170,900 pounds (77,519 kilograms) of cargo, which can include a wide range of equipment, vehicles, and supplies. The aircraft's cargo bay is large enough to accommodate outsized cargo, such as tanks, large vehicles, and helicopters. This capability makes it exceptionally useful for a variety of military and humanitarian operations, enabling it to deliver substantial amounts of supplies and equipment directly to areas of need, even in challenging or remote locations.

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U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

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