Barbara Lee’s Statement on U.S. Airdrop of Aid into Gaza

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The dire humanitarian situation in Gaza has escalated to catastrophic proportions, as evidenced by the tragic deaths of over 100 Palestinians in a desperate scramble for food trucks this week.

While President Biden’s recent decision to airdrop aid directly to Gazans is a positive development, the current level of assistance falls far short of addressing the urgent needs of the population. Compounding the crisis is Israel’s blockade, which severely restricts access to essential supplies on the ground.

Barbara Lee (Credits: People)

Although the airdrop initiative is a commendable gesture, it alone cannot alleviate the profound suffering experienced by Gazans. President Biden must take immediate and decisive action to compel Israel to open aid crossings, thereby enabling critical humanitarian assistance to reach those in dire need.

Additionally, it is imperative for Israel to halt its indiscriminate targeting of civilians and commit to an immediate and enduring ceasefire.

The international community, including the United States, bears a moral responsibility to intervene and mitigate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

President Biden must leverage his influence to advocate for substantive change and ensure the effective delivery of humanitarian aid to those most affected. Failing to act promptly and decisively will only prolong the suffering of the Palestinian populace and exacerbate the crisis in Gaza.

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