Gaza aid shipments to resume soon, Cyprus says

Jennifer, a cargo ship with humanitarian aid, approaches the port of Larnaca after pausing the mission of delivering humanitarian aid for Gaza, following the killing of seven aid workers in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, in Larnaca, Cyprus, April 3. [Reuters]

Aid shipments to Gaza are expected to resume soon from Cyprus, officials said on Wednesday, after the project was brought to a halt last week following Israel's killing of seven aid workers.

Cyprus has about 1,000 tons of aid destined for starving or severely hungry people in Gaza stored on the island. It is being held there following a decision by World Central Kitchen (WCK) to pause and review activity in the territory after the deaths of its workers on April 1.

The US plans to set up a dock, with a target date of May 1, on Gaza's Mediterranean coast that will enable aid deliveries which will be pre-screened in Cyprus, with Israeli oversight.

With that jetty in place, Cyprus expects aid to resume soon, Cypriot president Nikos Christodoulides said.

"We are in communication with countries we have worked with from the outset, so that very soon...

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