Tragic Drowning Incident Highlights the Need for Improved Aid Delivery in Gaza

12 people drown off the coast of Gaza following aid drop

Relief supplies were airdropped off the coast of the Gaza Strip, according to the Islamist Hamas. Twelve Palestinians tragically drowned in the sea while trying to reach the packages that had fallen into the water off a beach in the northern part of the coastal area, as reported by the Hamas-controlled government’s media office. The incident took place on Monday afternoon and eyewitnesses stated that some of the victims were unable to swim, while others got caught in the ropes that were holding the packages together.

The northern Gaza Strip has been experiencing severe suffering among its civilian population during the ongoing Gaza war, which has been ongoing for more than five months. Aid deliveries by land are limited as Israel has closed the border crossings in the north of Gaza Strip. Additionally, fighting and chaotic conditions within the coastal area make it dangerous for trucks to travel.

In an effort to alleviate this crisis, countries such as USA, Jordan and Germany have been dropping relief supplies from military aircraft for over a month. However, aid organizations highlight that an airlift of this kind cannot fully replace transportation of relief goods by land. The war was sparked by a brutal massacre carried out by terrorists from Hamas and other extremist Palestinian organizations on October 7th near Israel’s border with Gaza Strip.

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