Charity: Second ship with Gaza aid being loaded in Cyprus

A member of the World Central Kitchen walks by the humanitarian aid loaded onto pallets for transport to the port of Larnaca from where it's going to be shipped to Gaza, at a warehouse near Larnaca, Cyprus, March 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
A member of the World Central Kitchen walks by the humanitarian aid loaded onto pallets for transport to the port of Larnaca from where it's going to be shipped to Gaza, at a warehouse near Larnaca, Cyprus, March 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA – A second ship with food aid to Gaza is being loaded in Cyprus, a charity arranging the mission says, as the first ship in a pilot trial of maritime deliveries nears the Strip.

World Central Kitchen (WCK) says it is loading a vessel at Larnaca port with 300 tons of food aid – including legumes, canned tuna, vegetables, rice and flour.

“Our pallets should be screened and loaded by the end of the day Cyprus time,” WCK says in a statement, without specifying when the vessel would set sail.

Cyprus is screening aid cargos on the island in a process including Israel to eliminate security checks at offloading destinations, officials say.

A ship towing a barge carrying almost 200 tons of food aid for Gaza left Cyprus on Tuesday, charting a new route to deliver emergency supplies to a population humanitarian agencies say is at risk of starvation after more than five months of war.

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