The first plane with US aid to Gaza has arrived in Egypt

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The first of three planned US military aid flights with food, medical supplies and winter equipment has landed in Egypt, as Washington ramps up humanitarian aid to the Strip.

An Air Force C-17 aircraft landed in Egypt with 24,5 metric tons of medical supplies and ready-made food, the US Agency for International Development said.

"With 1,7 million internally displaced persons and 2,2 million in need of humanitarian assistance, increased humanitarian supplies are essential to save lives and alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable," USAID said in a statement.

The United Nations will take aid from Egypt's North Sinai region, which borders the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, to the affected Palestinian territory itself, US officials said.

Two more planes will arrive in the coming days.

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