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Technical problems delay the expected departure of the first aid ship for Gaza

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Technical problems delay the expected departure of the first aid ship for Gaza

The departure of the first ship that will cover the maritime corridor between Cyprus and the Gaza Strip with humanitarian aid has been delayed for technical reasons, the Cypriot Government announced this Monday, which still trusts in an imminent departure once these problems are resolved.

The NGO Open Arms ship was going to set sail at the weekend, but Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos confirmed in an interview that the plans have been delayed due to problems that, in any case, he did not consider serious.

According to public television, The infrastructure necessary for the landing of aid is not yet ready. Kombos, however, has stressed the commitment of the Cypriot authorities to this initiative, pointing out that there is already a second ship waiting to try to bring aid to the Strip and thus alleviate the delicate humanitarian situation of the Gazan population.

Open Arms assured EFE this Monday that the ship is ready to leave and that the delay is a diplomatic or political issue.

“We cannot confirm when the departure will be, but neither in World Central Kitchen nor in Open Arms are there technical problems on either side of the operation, and we are ready to set sail,” said Laura Lanuza, director of Communications and Projects of the NGO. .

World Central Kitchen, founded by the well-known Spanish chef José Andrés, will be the organization in charge of collecting and distributing on the ground in Gaza the 200 tons of food that Open Arms plans to transport to the Strip.

The operation of the two NGOs began to be planned months ago and the Open Arms ship arrived in Cyprus in mid-February to open a maritime corridor and alleviate the difficult humanitarian situation caused by Israel’s blockade and its punitive attacks against Gaza in response to the Hamas terrorist offensive on October 7.

According to Open Arms, its humanitarian operation has the authorization of the Government of Cyprus, Israel and the Palestinian National Authority.

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