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The United States will begin delivering food aid by air to people in Gaza, President Joe Biden announced this Friday, as the humanitarian crisis deepens in the war-torn enclave and Israel resists opening additional land crossings for allow in more assistance.

From the Oval Office, Biden said the U.S. would “do everything possible” to bring additional aid to Gaza, a territory that has been under intense bombardment by Israel following the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks.

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“The aid flowing into Gaza is nowhere near enough,” Biden warned.

He also noted that “hundreds of trucks” would have to enter the enclave.

In that sense, he said that the United States "will insist that Israel provide more trucks and more routes so that more and more people receive the help they need, without excuses."

He also highlighted efforts to reach an agreement that would release the hostages and ensure an “immediate ceasefire,” which would allow the entry of additional assistance.


The US Army is working to deliver aid from the air in the coming days, a US official told CNN.

The announcement about the food assistance that Washington will send marks the recognition of the terrible situation in Gaza, where more than 100 people died on Thursday after Israeli troops opened fire while civilians waited for a food convoy in the north of the enclave.

Aid trucks attempted to escape the area amid the gunfire, accidentally hitting other people causing more deaths and injuries, witnesses added to CNN.

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Delivering humanitarian aid by air will provide some relief to those on the ground.

However, the move is highly unlikely to produce a sustainable solution to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as each unit launched will only provide a fraction of the amount of assistance that can be transported to the enclave by truck.

Now, the US decision underscores the devastating impact of the Israeli Government's continued refusal to open more land crossings to allow critically needed aid to arrive.

So far, US calls for Netanyahu's government to open more entrances in the north have failed.

In the south, the number of trucks entering the enclave dropped to just 85 a day last week.

Biden made the announcement as his administration faces harsh internal criticism over its handling of the conflict, criticism that has had political consequences for the president during an election year.

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National Security Council spokesman John Kirby described delivering aid by air as “a complement, not a replacement, for moving things by land.”

For his part, State Department spokesman Matt Miller said Thursday that this measure would “help immediately.”

“But the real solution to this is to try to achieve – or achieve – an agreement that would dramatically increase the flow of assistance, and help with the distribution problems and help with the problem that civilians face of being able to move safely to get to the It helps when it actually comes in,” Miller said at a department briefing.

Earlier this week, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and France airdropped humanitarian aid into several areas of Gaza, in a sign of how desperate the situation has become.

Palestinians run down a street as humanitarian aid airdropped by Jordan falls in Gaza City on March 1, amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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Kirby confirmed this Friday that there are talks with Israel and other interested parties about a possible maritime corridor to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza.

However, numerous logistical challenges would need to be addressed for the corridor to be truly operational, a US official told CNN.

Senior US officials have repeatedly pressed Israeli officials in face-to-face meetings about the urgent need to open additional crossings.

“This is a matter of life and death,” said USAID Administrator Samantha Power, who met Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.

Power announced $53 million in additional humanitarian aid during her trips to the region this week.

U.S. officials have also held talks with Israeli officials about the need to ensure the safety of aid workers once they enter Gaza.

“The aid workers who, on the ground in Gaza, are risking their lives to bring food to people who desperately need it, those aid workers must be protected.

They have to know that they can do their job without being shot and killed,” Power said Tuesday.

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Convoys have been attacked inside the enclave, both “by desperate mobs” and “by criminal elements,” US Middle East humanitarian envoy David Satterfield said last month.

Israel forces attacked members of the Hamas-led police force traveling with U.N. aid convoys in an effort to protect them from looting, which has led police to stop protecting the convoys, Satterfield said.

“With the departure of police escorts, it has been virtually impossible for the UN or any other party (Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, any other implementer) to move assistance safely to Gaza because of criminal gangs,” he said.

Oren Liebermann and Samantha Waldenberg, both of CNN, contributed to this report. 

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