update deskIsrael at War

Israel grants initial approval for Cyprus-Gaza humanitarian corridor

Aid shipments would cross the Mediterranean Sea route after being inspected by Israel.

The port of Larnaca in Cyprus. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
The port of Larnaca in Cyprus. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Israel has granted preliminary approval for a humanitarian sea corridor between Cyprus and the Gaza Strip, Israel Hayom reported on Tuesday.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen conveyed the decision on Tuesday to his Cypriot and British counterparts, stating Jerusalem’s position that it will be possible to begin shipments via the Mediterranean route upon completion of the required preparations.

Greece and Cyprus proposed the maritime corridor for Gaza at the start of the war, after Jerusalem announced that it would no longer take responsibility for the needs of the Strip’s civilian population.

Last week, Cohen visited the Cypriot port of Larnaca for talks with his counterpart Constantinos Kombos, where the two diplomats reviewed the ZENON multifunctional coordination center, which is expected to be the starting point of the corridor.

According to the plan, the goods will be inspected there with the security coordination and approval of Israel before embarking on the journey to Al-Mawasi on the southern coast of the Gaza Strip.

The corridor will replace the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings, so that civilian supplies will no longer be transferred through Israel, both during and after the war.

 “The purpose of creating a maritime corridor is to completely disconnect economically from Gaza. We will not allow a return to the reality that preceded the murderous terrorist attack of the seventh of October,” said Cohen.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates