Cyprus outlines plan for maritime corridor to get aid to Gaza

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Nov 2023

The president of Cyprus outlined a proposal on Thursday to open a maritime corridor to help deliver more aid to Gaza, a plan which he said could be operational quickly but which diplomats said faced challenges, according to Reuters.

Nikos Christodoulides
President of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides waves as he arrives for an international humanitary conference for civilians in Gaza, at the Elysee Presidential Palace, in Paris, on November 9, 2023. AFP

 

President Nikos Christodoulides has proposed a 25-page plan at a humanitarian conference in Paris, outlining the delivery of aid to Gaza from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, the nearest European Union member state at approximately 370 km (230 miles) away.

"We hope to implement it immediately," he stated.

This initiative seeks to enhance the capacity for humanitarian relief in the Gaza Strip, surpassing the constrained deliveries currently occurring through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian enclave, especially given the ongoing air and ground offensive by Israel in Gaza.

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