Aid supplies allowed – Israel eases naval blockade of Gaza Strip


Israel plans to allow the import of aid by sea into the Gaza Strip for the first time since the war began, according to a media report. The goods are reportedly financed by the United Arab Emirates and delivered from Cyprus.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported this on Wednesday. A spokesperson for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also confirmed plans for relief transport by ship in Brussels. The World Central Kitchen (WCK) organization would then use hovercrafts to deliver the relief supplies to a dock controlled by the Israeli military.

Von der Leyen visits Cyprus
According to her spokesperson, von der Leyen will be in Cyprus on Thursday evening and Friday and will also visit the port of Larnaca. From there, the aid must be taken by ship to the Gaza Strip. The spokesperson did not want to go into details. The initiative will be led by Cyprus, he said. It is hoped that the humanitarian corridor can be opened very soon.

A ship full of aid arrived in Egypt from Cyprus in January. From there, aid was then brought into the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border crossing.

Food from the sky
Given the great need in the coastal area, several countries have already air-dropped food. The United Nations is now pushing to expand aid deliveries by truck and allow goods to be moved through border crossings to the region’s particularly affected north. UN representatives recently warned in the UN Security Council about the famine of thousands of civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Krone


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