Ottawa says it’s working to airdrop humanitarian aid into Gaza as soon as possible

International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office confirmed late Wednesday that Canada is working to airdrop humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip as soon as possible.

Olivia Batten, a spokesperson for Hussen, specified that no airlifts would happen using Canadian military aircraft.

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The Israeli military’s assault on Gaza, which it says aims to destroy Hamas, has been relentless.

Officials in the territory, which is controlled by Hamas, say more than 29,900 Palestinians are dead.

Israel has barred entry of food, water, medicine and other supplies except for a trickle of aid entering at the Rafah crossing and Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing.

Despite international calls to allow in more aid, the number of supply trucks entering has dropped dramatically in recent weeks.

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UN officials are warning of further mass casualties if Israel follows through on vows to attack Rafah, where more than half of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million has taken refuge.

They also say a Rafah offensive could collapse the aid operation that has already been crippled in the fighting.

—With files from The Associated Press

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