(PHOTO) Hundreds of people have gathered on a beach south of the Gaza Strip, trying to receive airdropped aid.

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Several aid planes for Gaza civilians dropped hundreds of boxes near Rafah and Khan Younis, where hundreds of Palestinians had gathered to try to take some of the aid that was "falling from the sky".

Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and France have dropped tons of humanitarian aid over Gaza, the Egyptian military said.

Most of the humanitarian aid to Gaza goes through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

The United Nations said 138 aid trucks entered Gaza on Tuesday.

Aid groups said they faced a heavy-handed inspection process that allowed only a fraction of the aid to come in, even when there was growing need.

Israel says the inspections are needed for security reasons.

United Nations agencies and aid groups say ongoing hostilities, the Israeli military's refusal to facilitate deliveries and the breakdown of law in Gaza are making it difficult to get vital aid to much of the coastal enclave.

The World Food Program said last week it had halted food deliveries to isolated northern Gaza, where the UN's children's agency says one in six children is acutely malnourished.

A UN report in December found that a quarter of Gaza's 2,3 million people are starving.

Israel's offensive in Gaza has killed more than 29.700 people, most of them women and children, according to the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.

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