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Press Release | April 18, 2024

April 18 USCENTCOM Conducts Humanitarian Air Drop into Gaza


April 18, 2024
Release Number 20240418-01

TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Central Command conducted an air drop of humanitarian assistance into Northern Gaza on April 18, 2024, at 1:09 p.m. (Gaza time) to provide essential relief to civilians affected by the ongoing conflict.   

The joint operation included four C-130 U.S. Air Force aircraft, and U.S. Army Soldiers specialized in aerial delivery of U.S. humanitarian assistance supplies. 

The U.S. C-130s dropped approximately 50, 600 U.S. meal equivalents into Northern Gaza, an area of great need, allowing for civilian access to the critical aid. To date, the U.S. has dropped 946 tons of humanitarian assistance.  

During today's mission, approximately 25 bundles landed in the sea. USCENTCOM does not assess civilian harm or damage to infrastructure at this time but continue to monitor the situation. 

The DoD humanitarian airdrops contribute to ongoing U.S. and partner-nation government efforts to alleviate human suffering. These airdrops are part of a sustained effort, and we continue to plan follow-on aerial deliveries.