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Gaza Strip receives first humanitarian aid sea delivery

Gaza Strip receives first humanitarian aid sea delivery

The first humanitarian aid supply to be made by sea has arrived in Gaza to bring much needed food to Palestinians.

The American charity World Central Kitchen has completed the delivery of 200 tonnes of food with the help of the United Arab Emirates.

The shipment set sail from Cyprus last weekend. The Spanish boat, run by the Open Arms aid group, used a new shipping route to make the passage safely.

A ship transporting aid from the World Central Kitchen organisation (AP)
A ship transporting aid from the World Central Kitchen organisation (AP)

The aid is essential with one in three children under the age  of two in northern Gaza now acutely malnourished and famine is looming, according to UN reports.

"Children's malnutrition is spreading fast and reaching unprecedented levels in Gaza," the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees said in a social media post.

A ship transporting aid from the World Central Kitchen organisation arrives in the Gaza Strip (AP)
A ship transporting aid from the World Central Kitchen organisation arrives in the Gaza Strip (AP)

World Central Kitchen prepared the boat in Cyprus with 200 tons of rice, flour and proteins and an additional 500 tons of aid is in Cyprus and ready to follow, spokeswoman Chloe Mata Crane said in a statement.

While aid has started to arrive by land and sea, agencies have said these are no substitute for bringing in supplies by land.

Israel has accused the agency of complicity with Hamas, saying some staff members took part in the October 7 attack and calling for the agency to be dismantled.

Several major donors have paused funding over the allegations.

The UN denies complicity with Hamas and said in February that it had dismissed 12 of its 13,000 staff in Gaza shortly after Israel accused them of involvement.

European Union humanitarian chief Janez Lenarcic said on Thursday he had seen no evidence from Israel yet to back up its accusations.

This week both Sweden and Canada have said they will resume payments to UNRWA.