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Cyprus Loads Aid Ship for Gaza

Cyprus Loads Aid Ship for Gaza

In a critical humanitarian effort, aid destined for Gaza was loaded onto a ship in Cyprus, marking a significant step towards providing relief to the besieged enclave. The US-flagged Sagamore, docked at the port of Larnaca, was being prepared to carry containers filled with essential supplies, including aid from the United Arab Emirates.

Cyprus government spokesperson Konstantinos Letymbiotis confirmed the completion of a US jetty designed specifically for aid shipments to Gaza, facilitating the loading process onto the Sagamore. However, the departure time for the vessel remained unspecified.

The dire situation in Gaza has left the territory’s 2.3 million inhabitants on the brink of famine, according to aid agencies.

Efforts to deliver aid directly to Gaza have faced numerous challenges due to border closures and military operations. Cyprus took a significant step in March by opening a sea corridor to facilitate aid shipments, partnering with Israel to ensure the safe passage of pre-screened cargoes.

US-based charity World Central Kitchen (WCK) played a pivotal role in coordinating aid missions, with the latest dispatch carrying nearly 400 tonnes of food departing from Cyprus’s Larnaca port. The aid will be transported to Gaza via a cargo ship and a platform towed by a salvage vessel, enhancing the delivery process for future missions.

Amidst these developments, the United States is also planning to construct a floating pier off Gaza to further streamline aid reception, underscoring the international community’s commitment to addressing the humanitarian crisis in the region.

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The urgency of the situation has been emphasized by the United Nations, which warns of an imminent famine in the northern Gaza Strip and the potential for widespread famine across the enclave by July if immediate action is not taken.

MMJ News Desk
Author: MMJ News Desk

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