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Airdropped aid packages kill five in Gaza

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Air-dropped aid packages struck and killed five Palestinians in Gaza after their parachutes failed to open properly, according to reports.

Footage circulating on social media appears to show several packages plummeting to the ground from a transport aircraft.

A US military cargo plane airdropped more than 11,500 meals to Gaza Friday in Washington’s fourth joint operation with Jordan this month to deliver urgently needed aid to the coastal territory.

But the US denied it had caused the deaths.

“The US did not cause the fatalities during our airdrop in Gaza,” a US defence official said.

Seperately, a Jordanian military source said none of the kingdom’s four aircraft that took part in the operation were involved in the fatalities. 

More than 70,000 meals have been delivered to Gaza over the past week by the US military in coordination with Jordan, Egypt and France.

Earlier, Lord Cameron, the Foreign Secretary, said Britain would work alongside the United States to open a maritime corridor to deliver aid directly to the enclave by sea. 

Aid officials have warned for months of looming famine in Gaza amid food shortages caused by border closures.

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