Food aid from Cyprus reaches starving people in northern Gaza

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A US-based charity said a consignment of almost 200 tons of food aid had reached starving people in northern Gaza on Tuesday, a week after being dispatched from the Cypriot port of Larnaca.

According to Ekathimerini, World Central Kitchen (WCK), in collaboration with the UAE and the Spanish organization Open Arms, transported the food over a 200-kilometer maritime route from Larnaca to a temporary port outside Gaza; the shipment landed off Gaza on Friday.

A second vessel is now moored at Larnaca with 240 tons of food onboard, waiting to travel pending weather conditions, WCK and Cypriot government officials said.

“WCK is ready to send tonnes of food weekly to Gaza with support from the international community,” WCK said in a statement.

Cyprus, which backed the WCK initiative, aims to coordinate more aid to the besieged Palestinian enclave.

“It will host officials from a number of countries on March 21 for talks on the issue”, government spokesperson Konstantinos Letymbiotis said.

Source: Ekathimerini

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