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Press Release | May 5, 2024

May 5 USCENTCOM Conducts Humanitarian Airdrops into Gaza


May 5, 2024
Release Number 20240505 - 02

TAMPA, Fla. -- U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) conducted a humanitarian assistance airdrop into Northern Gaza on May 5 at 12:05 p.m. (Gaza time) to provide essential relief to civilians in Gaza affected by the ongoing conflict. 

The joint operation included two C-130 U.S. Air Force aircraft. The U.S. C-130s dropped over 25,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), providing life-saving humanitarian assistance in Northern Gaza. To date the U.S. has dropped nearly 1,170 tons of humanitarian assistance. 

During today's mission seven bundles 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.