Palestinian Territories – France and Jordan move ahead with another joint airdrop of humanitarian aid for Gaza (26 February 2024)


Working with other international partners, France and Jordan are stepping up their joint effort to provide critical humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza, where the humanitarian situation is absolutely urgent. A C-130 transport plane belonging to the French Air Force teamed up with three Royal Jordanian Air Force planes to airdrop humanitarian supplies into Gaza on February 26. This operation follows an initial joint airdrop on January 4.

The French aircraft were carrying 2.2 tons of food packages and hygiene kits, which were floated down in special containers equipped with parachutes.

This joint operation was conducted by teams composed of personnel from both countries, with the aim of supporting the humanitarian efforts carried out by Jordan, which is playing a vital role as a regional hub for the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. It reflected France’s total commitment to helping Gaza’s civilian population, in close consultation with its major partners.

With a growing number of civilians in Gaza dying of hunger and disease, France stresses the urgent, imperative need to open the port of Ashdod, all border crossings and a land corridor from Jordan, which could be another effective way to ensure massive deliveries of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Achieving a ceasefire remains France’s number-one priority. France reaffirms its strong opposition to a ground offensive in Rafah, which would create another unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

France will continue to work closely with Jordan and to strengthen their humanitarian partnership for Gaza, in keeping with the decisions taken during President Macron’s visit to Jordan on December 21 and King Abdullah II’s visit to Paris on February 16.