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Press Release | April 21, 2024

April 21 USCENTCOM Conducts Humanitarian Airdrop into Gaza


April 21,2024
Release Number 20240421-

TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Central Command conducted a humanitarian assistance airdrop into Northern Gaza on April 21, 2024, at 11:56 A.M. (Gaza time) to provide essential relief to civilians in Gaza affected by the ongoing conflict.  

The joint operation included four U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft. The U.S. C-130’s dropped 50,688 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), providing life-saving humanitarian assistance in Northern Gaza.  To date the U.S. has dropped nearly 1,001 tons of humanitarian assistance. 

During today's mission one bundle landed in the sea. USCENTCOM does not assess civilian harm or damage to infrastructure at this time but continues 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.