May 21st, 2024

First shipment of aid to the US-built floating pier in Gaza departs from Cyprus


By The Associated Press on May 9, 2024.

A crane loads food aid for Gaza onto the container ship Sagamore docked at Larnaca port, Cyprus, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – A shipment of humanitarian aid has left a port in Cyprus and is on its way to the U.S-built pier in Gaza, the first delivery to the newly built ramp, Cyprus’ foreign minister said Thursday.

The U.S. vessel, loaded with much needed humanitarian assistance, departed from the Larnaca port with the aim of transferring as much aid to Gaza as possible through the maritime corridor, said Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos.

The trip comes some two months after U.S. President Joe Biden gave the order to build the large floating platform several miles off the Gaza coast that will be the launching pad for deliveries.

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