Five reportedly dead in Gaza after at least one air-dropped aid package experiences parachute malfunction

The U.S. has denied reports that five Palestinians were allegedly killed Friday in Gaza when at least one airdropped aid package’s parachute failed to open.

The air packages instead crashed to the ground without any resistance, allegedly crushing two boys and three adults.

“[T]here were two boys among the five people killed and that 11 others were injured in the incident. The exact ages of the casualties were not clear, but those injured were said to be between 30 and 50 years old,” according to CBS News.

The deaths are alleged because they were reported by Gaza’s unreliable Hamas-run Ministry of Health, which has a history of fudging the numbers when reporting on how many people have died.

The following video purports to show the packages that were affected:

What remains unclear is who’s to blame.

The United States, Jordan, Egypt, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium all dropped aid over Gaza on Friday.

A U.S. defense official claimed in a statement to CBS News that an initial review had found the U.S. was not responsible but that further investigation was warranted.

U.S. Central Command also claimed that the U.S. wasn’t at fault:

The botched airdrops occurred a day after President Joe Biden announced during his State of the Union address that his administration would be building a pier on Gaza’s Mediterranean coast.

According to CBS News, the pier will be “capable of receiving shipments of humanitarian aid including food, water, medicine, and temporary shelters, to increase the flow of such goods into the enclave.”

“Two U.S. officials [said] the current plan is for the pier to be installed by the U.S. Army’s 7th Transportation Brigade, based at Ft. Story, Virginia,” CBS News notes. “The ships required to do the work were still docked in Virginia as of Friday, and officials made it clear that it would be weeks before the project could be up and running.”

Lior Haiat, a spokesperson for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, meanwhile published a statement to the social media platform X sharing Israel’s approval for the pier-building proposal:

All this comes amid an alleged expanding famine crisis in Gaza.

“It’s not just Israeli bombs that have killed children in war-ravaged Gaza — now some are dying of hunger. … Hunger is most acute in northern Gaza, which has been isolated by Israeli forces and has suffered long cutoffs of food supplies,” the AP reported Friday.

“At least 20 people have died from malnutrition and dehydration at the north’s Kamal Adwan and Shifa hospitals, according to the Health Ministry. Most of the dead are children — including ones as old as 15 — as well as a 72-year-old man,” according to the AP.

But critics say the supposed famine is just a mirage designed to cover up Hamas’ wicked behavior.

“The food shortage and use of the word ‘hunger’ have been exaggerated,” a senior Israeli defense official told Zvika Klein of The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

“There is no hunger in Gaza,” he said, explaining that all the food and aid that’s already been sent to Gaza from Israel has “immediately been taken by Hamas terrorists, who then sell some of the supplies for ten times more than what it’s worth.”

“Every family has enough food to survive. Are they eating five meals a day? The answer is no. We have been supplying them with aid as well as the US, but unfortunately, it wasn’t distributed to the citizens themselves,” he added.

A former senior Israeli defense official Klein spoke to also said “There is no food shortage in Gaza — there are those who are hungry since Hamas has taken all of the food and they don’t have enough money to pay Hamas on the black market.”

Vivek Saxena

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