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Royal Air Force flies humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza

A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster has transported vital humanitarian aid to Egypt for delivery to civilians in Gaza.

View from inside a C-17, watching as supplies are loaded on at night.

The heavy lift transport aircraft delivered 21 tonnes of lifesaving aid from the UK on behalf of the FCDO, including medical supplies and water filters.

 “Today's airlift is a clear demonstration of the UK's commitment to helping those most in need - rapidly deploying the RAF to get life-saving aid into the region”

Grant Shapps
Defence Secretary

Security of the supplies packing being inspected as they are loaded onto the C-17 aircraft

The flight departed RAF Brize Norton this morning and was the first delivery of humanitarian support from the UK for the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It included 76,800 wound care packs, 1350 water filters and 2560 solar lights and will be distributed by the Egyptian Red Crescent.

“The RAF has a long-standing commitment to providing vital aid, rapidly, wherever it is needed. I am proud that we have been able to deliver the UK’s first humanitarian aid for those civilians in Gaza that need it most.”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Knighton
Chief of the Air Staff

view from inside the C-17 of the supplies loaded and ready

This delivery comes only two days after the UK Government’s announcement to provide support to the humanitarian crisis. The cargo also included a temporary, rapid-assembly warehouse and mechanical handling equipment including two forklift trucks, which can be set up close to the Rafah border crossing to respond quickly to needs on the ground.