UN World Food Program to Assist in Delivering Aid to Gaza by Sea in 2024

The UN World Food Program will assist in delivering aid to Gaza by sea in 2024, as the humanitarian crisis worsens amid the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The U.S. plans to approve billions in military aid to Israel and construct a maritime aid operation to bypass Israeli control over land shipments.

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UN World Food Program to Assist in Delivering Aid to Gaza by Sea in 2024

UN World Food Program to Assist in Delivering Aid to Gaza by Sea in 2024. Photo credit: AP Photo/Petros Karadjias

The United Nations World Food Program has agreed to assist in delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza by sea in 2024, working with USAID to ensure independent and impartial distribution amid the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This comes as the conflict continues to escalate, with recent Israeli airstrikes on Rafah in southern Gaza killing 22 people, including 18 children.

The U.S. is on track to approve billions of dollars in additional military aid to Israel, its close ally. The $26 billion aid package approved by the U.S. House includes around $9 billion in humanitarian assistance for Gaza, which experts say is on the brink of famine. The war has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, with at least two-thirds being women and children, and has devastated Gaza's two largest cities.

Why this matters: The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is dire, with hundreds of thousands of Palestinians going hungry. The opening of a sea corridor for aid deliveries reflects growing alarm over the situation and a new willingness to bypass Israeli control over land shipments.

The U.S. military will construct a modular causeway and a large floating platform where ships can unload aid, which will then be transferred to the shore. About 500 U.S. soldiers will participate in the mission, and the U.S. Navy and Army vessels will provide security. Israel has agreed to provide security on the shore.

The logistics have been complicated, as no U.S. troops will be on the ground in Gaza, and it is still unclear who will be responsible for transporting the aid from the beach to the warehouses. A private American company, Fogbow, is also planning to set up its own maritime aid operation that will run parallel to the U.S. military-led process.

The United Nations has appealed for $28 billion to provide aid to 3 million Palestinians, stressing that tackling looming famine in war-torn Gaza requires not only food but also sanitation, water, and health facilities. "Massive operations are required to restore these services and meet minimum standards, which cannot be done during military operations," said Andrea De Domenico, the head of the UN humanitarian office for Gaza and the West Bank.

Key Takeaways

  • UN WFP to assist in delivering aid to Gaza by sea in 2024, with USAID.
  • U.S. to approve $26B in military aid to Israel, including $9B for Gaza aid.
  • U.S. military to construct causeway, platform for aid ships; 500 U.S. troops involved.
  • UN appeals for $28B to aid 3M Palestinians, citing looming famine in Gaza.
  • Tensions remain high, with Israeli-Palestinian conflict ongoing for 7 months.