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Five Palestinians killed as aid parachute fails to deploy in Gaza

As the humanitarian crisis deepens, the people of Gaza continue to endure unimaginable hardships, caught in a relentless cycle of conflict, deprivation, and despair.
06:01 PM Mar 09, 2024 IST | SURINDER SINGH OBEROI
five palestinians killed as aid parachute fails to deploy in gaza
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New Delhi, March 09: Amidst the strife in Gaza, an old adage rings painfully true: "Problems do not come alone, they come from all directions." In this conflict region, lives are not only claimed by bullets, drones, and missiles but also by tragic mishaps during humanitarian aid efforts, coupled with the looming threats of famine and disease, exacerbated by limited food available and medical resources.

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In a recent heartbreaking incident, five civilians lost their lives when at least one parachute failed to deploy, causing a parcel to fatally strike them. A Gaza doctor, quoted by AFP news agency, confirmed the casualties.

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In response to the escalating crisis, countries including the US, Jordan, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium have initiated aid drops into Gaza to combat the looming famine.
However, confusion arises as Jordanian state TV denies involvement in the tragic accident, while US Central Command confirms a separate aid drop with the Royal Jordanian Air Force, assuring the safe landing of all aid bundles.

With a quarter of Gaza's 2.3 million residents teetering on the brink of famine, the dire situation persists, exacerbated by occasional failures or tragic incidents, the latest being aid parachutes not only fail in airdrop but kill five civilians. Despite the best efforts of aid organizations, airdrops are deemed a last resort and incapable of fully addressing the mounting humanitarian crisis.
Efforts to alleviate the suffering extend beyond airdrops, with plans underway for a sea route to deliver aid, and the US committing to construct a temporary harbour for direct aid shipments into Gaza.

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Meanwhile, pressure mounts on Israel to expand aid delivery by road, particularly to the besieged north, where an estimated 300,000 Palestinians endure dire shortages of food and clean water.
The desperation for aid was tragically highlighted last week when over 100 people perished while attempting to reach a ground aid convoy, with Palestinians alleging Israeli troops' involvement in the fatalities.

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As the humanitarian crisis deepens, the people of Gaza continue to endure unimaginable hardships, caught in a relentless cycle of conflict, deprivation, and despair.

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