EU to launch humanitarian air corridor to Gaza: Von der Leyen

AFP , Monday 16 Oct 2023

The European Union will launch a humanitarian air corridor to Gaza through Egypt with the first flights expected this week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday.

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European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen speaks to the press during the Berlin Process Leaders Summit to address the integration of the European Union in Tirana on October 16, 2023. AFP


"Palestinians in Gaza are in need of humanitarian help and aid. That is why... we are launching an EU humanitarian air bridge to Gaza through Egypt. The first two flights will start this week," von der Leyen told a press conference in the Albanian capital Tirana, where she attended a regional Balkan summit.

Earlier Monday, Egypt and France's foreign ministers urged the delivery of humanitarian aid and the exit of foreign nationals from the bombarded Gaza Strip, as the war between Israel and Hamas entered its tenth day.

Israel has been at war since Gaza's Hamas militants staged an unprecedented attack that shocked the nation on October 7, 2023.

The attack and fighting since have killed more than 1,400 in Israel, mainly civilians.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas and responded with a heavy bombing campaign on Gaza that has killed around 2,750 people.

According to the United Nations, a million people have been displaced inside Gaza.

Von der Leyen reminded that the EU was tripling humanitarian aid to 75 million euros ($79 million) for the Gaza Strip

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