Israeli team visits Cyprus to inspect facilities to be used for shipping aid to Gaza

An aerial view of the harbor of the port of Cyprus's southern coastal city of Larnaca, May 28, 2021. (Amir MAKAR / AFP)
An aerial view of the harbor of the port of Cyprus's southern coastal city of Larnaca, May 28, 2021. (Amir MAKAR / AFP)

A spokesman for the government of Cyprus says a team of technical experts from Israel is visiting the island nation to inspect infrastructure and facilities that will be used to ship large quantities of humanitarian aid across the Mediterranean to Gaza, once conditions on the ground allow for it.

Spokesman Constantinos Letymbiotis says the Israeli team’s visit today follows two earlier trips that Cypriot technical experts made to Israel to brief authorities there about the Cypriot initiative.

Letymbiotis repeats that many countries have already expressed their willingness to contribute both in materiel or any other technical assistance required to deliver the aid, using shallow-draft vessels able to reach the shoreline.

An initial shipment is already in storage at Larnaca port, from where ships will set sail for Gaza some 242 miles (390 kilometers) away.

It is understood that officials from Israel and elsewhere will be on hand to monitor as Cypriot customs agents inspect the aid to ensure that nothing is shipped to Gaza that could be weaponized by Hamas to use against Israel.

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