The UK has air-dropped aid into Gaza for the first time since war broke out after striking a deal with Jordan.

Four tonnes of supplies including medicines, food and fuel were delivered into the strip (to Tal Al-Hawa Hospital in northern Gaza) on a Jordanian Air Force plane yesterday.

Earlier this week, the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation to procure and deliver £1 million worth of UK aid to Gaza, including the critical medicine and fuel included in this flight. 

The Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron commented :  

"We have worked closely with our Jordanian partners to get these life-saving supplies directly to the Tal Al-Hawa Hospital in northern Gaza."

"Thousands of patients will benefit and the fuel will enable this vital hospital to continue its life saving work."

"However, the situation in Gaza is desperate and significantly more aid is needed – and fast. We are calling for an immediate humanitarian pause to allow additional aid into Gaza as quickly as possible and bring hostages home."

The Secretary-General of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO), Dr Hussein Shabli, said:

"We welcome this partnership with the UK to provide life-saving aid to those who need it most in Gaza. We thank our UK partners for working with us and we will continue to work with them on getting aid into Gaza for as long as its needed."