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Work will begin on the waterway within days to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip

Work will begin on the waterway within days to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip

Ramallah – Ma’an – Director of Response at the United States Agency for International Development, Dan Dijkhuys, said that the floating sea corridor will begin operating in the coming days, stressing that this corridor came to deliver relief and humanitarian aid to those who need it inside the Gaza Strip only and has no other goals.

These statements came in a virtual press conference with USAID Response Director Dan Dijkhuys and Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, Deputy Commander of United States Central Command, regarding progress on establishing a sea corridor that would allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza.

Regarding any other goals of this corridor, the two speakers confirmed to reporters, in a response to Ma’an Agency, that there are no other goals for this floating waterway other than delivering humanitarian aid within the Strip, explaining that it does not have any military or political goals.

Regarding Palestinian fears that this corridor will be used to deport Palestinians from their lands, the two speaker
s stressed that this corridor is designated for the entry of humanitarian aid through a United Nations resolution only.

In answer to journalists’ questions about the mechanisms of work in this corridor, the two speakers explained that the aid comes in partnership with a number of countries, including the United States, Britain, the Emirates, the European Union and many countries. It arrives in Cyprus for examination and then goes in American boats to the aid trucks, where Partners on the ground, including the United Nations and the World Food Organization, will ensure that aid reaches those who need it, noting that there are more than 1,000 American soldiers working at sea to accomplish this mission.

Regarding the adequacy of this aid, given the scale of the disaster and famine in the Gaza Strip, the two speakers said that the sea corridor itself is insufficient, and work must be done immediately to open all crossings, as efforts continue to pressure to open all crossings to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza
, especially the Egyptian Rafah crossing.

Source: Maan News Agency