Weekly The Generation, Year 1, Issue 14
December 05, 2023
The US plans to help establish a field hospital inside the war-torn Gaza Strip for civilians wounded amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced Tuesday. USAID Administrator Samantha Power made the announcement — part of a new $21 million aid pledge for Gaza and the West Bank — as she arrived on a US military plane carrying humanitarian supplies that flew into Egypt on the 60th day of the war, which looked set to expand after a brief cease-fire.
The plane — the second military flight to deliver U.S. humanitarian assistance for Gaza since the conflict was sparked by Hamas’ brutal Oct. 7 terror attack on Israel — ferried some 36,000 pounds of food and medical supplies to the northeast Egyptian city of El-Arish, about 30 miles from the Rafah border crossing into Gaza.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the U.S. did not know how many civilians had died in Gaza, but “clearly many thousands have been killed, and many more thousands have been wounded, and now more than a million are internally displaced.”
The first U.S. military flight with aid for Gaza arrived in Egypt last week, bringing more than 54,000 pounds of supplies. According to USAID, the assistance included medical supplies to support the health system in Gaza and ready-to-use foods.
“Combined, these flights alone have brought more than 90,000 pounds of humanitarian commodities to the civilians in Gaza with a third flight scheduled to soon follow,” USAID said in a Tuesday statement. “In addition, the United States has also organized five non-military flights over the past two weeks that have brought in more than 500,000 pounds of U.S.-purchased emergency food assistance.”
Source: CBS News