Cyprus Initiates Humanitarian Aid To Gaza Via Sea Corridor Amidst Ongoing Conflict

President Nikos Christodoulides says that Cyprus is prepared to send significant humanitarian aid to Gaza via a proposed sea channel as soon as possible.

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The corridor, which runs around 230 miles from Gaza to the port of Larnaca in Cyprus, is said to be the only international project being discussed.

Christodoulides stressed that to allow the delivery of supplies, the plan, which is almost complete, depends on a ceasefire declaration.

In constant contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president of Cyprus recognised that the ongoing military operations in Gaza required complex discussions.

Christodoulides emphasised the broad support from organisations like the US and the EU despite the difficulties.

The program asks European, American, and Israeli officials to work together to examine supplies closely. Aid will first be transported by shallow-draft vessels under coordination with Gulf nations; long-term plans call for the construction of a permanent Gaza port and a floating dock off the coast of Gaza.

The port of Larnaca is better suited for assistance storage and transportation because it is close to essential infrastructure and a security training centre financed by the United States.

A one-way tunnel to Gaza will be used to deliver the relief, including food, clothing, and medical supplies. The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees will be in charge of distributing it.

The action is being taken amid the conflict that was set off by Hamas’s attack on southern Israeli communities on October 7, which prompted Israel to launch a military campaign.

Organisations assisting highlight the dire shortages in Gaza and the necessity of the proposed corridor. Cyprus intends to demonstrate its function as a regional bridge in practice even as approval for shipments is still awaited.

Reference- The Times of Israel

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