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From CNN's Scott McLean

Aid packages are seen on a platform near a moored ship belonging to the Open Arms aid group, center front, as it prepares to transport about 200 tons of rice and flour directly to Gaza, in the port of Larnaca, Cyprus, on March 11. .

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A ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza has left the coastal city of Larnaca in Cyprus, according to World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit organization that said it was the first sea shipment of humanitarian aid to the Strip.

“After weeks of preparation, our team in Cyprus has loaded nearly 200 tons of food onto an Open Arms boat that will deliver much-needed aid,” WCK said in a statement on Tuesday.

WCK said it had partnered with the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus and the Spanish NGO Open Arms to coordinate the transmission.

Maritime Aid Corridor: The departure at 8:45 a.m. local time follows announcements that Cyprus and the European Commission United StateThe United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom were working on this Establishment of a sea corridor To deliver aid to Gaza.

The ship will tow a large barge loaded with pallets of food aid, including rice, flour, beans, lentils and canned meat.

To move the pallets from the barge and ship to land, a temporary dock will be built at an undisclosed location in Gaza, although the details of these efforts are unclear.

The pier will be built with materials and infrastructure in Gaza with the help of barges and amphibious vehicles, WCK founder Jose Andres said on Sunday. He said on the

Why so little aid arrives: Israel puts Gaza under siege After the October 7 attacks. It says there are “no limits” to the amount of relief that can enter Gaza, but humanitarian organizations have repeatedly warned of restrictions on land crossings into the Strip. He was strangled Aid distribution efforts.

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