"In the coming days, we're going to join with our friends in Jordan and others in providing airdrops of additional food and supplies."

Efforts to supply Palestinians with food and medicine have been interrupted by fighting, looting, and Israeli protesters attempting to block trucks entering from Egypt.

And the White House on Friday acknowledged just how hard it would be to effectively deliver aid from the air:

"There's few military operations that are more complicated than humanitarian assistance airdrops."

Here's White House spokesperson John Kirby:

"It is extremely difficult to do an airdrop in a crowded environment as is Gaza. Densely populated, a lot of people, confined to small spaces. So you want to do it in a way so you can get it as close as you can to the people in need but not in a way that puts them in any danger."

Kirby said Israel is supportive of the U.S. plan to airdrop food and supplies into the Gaza Strip.

Israel's military operation in the Palestinian territory, in retaliation for a surprise attack on Oct. 7, has sparked a humanitarian crisis in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

Other countries including Jordan and France have already carried out airdrops of aid into Gaza.

Biden's announcement comes a day after Gaza health authorities said Israeli opened fire and killed more than 100 people trying to reach a relief convoy near Gaza City.

Israel blamed most of the deaths on crowds that swarmed around aid trucks, saying victims had been trampled or run over. An Israeli official also said troops had "in a limited response" later fired on crowds they felt had posed a threat.

The U.N. Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said on Friday that during February an average of nearly 97 trucks were able to enter Gaza each day, compared with about 150 trucks a day in January, adding: "The number of trucks entering Gaza remains well below the target of 500 per day."