Aid coming in by sea will benefit the Palestinian civilians in Gaza

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Israel’s defence minister said on Wednesday that aid coming in by sea will benefit the Palestinian civilians in Gaza and not Hamas.

On Tuesday, a ship carrying 200 tonnes of aid for Gaza left Cyprus in a pilot project to open a sea corridor to deliver supplies to a population that aid agencies say is on the verge of famine after five months of war.

The U.S. military said one of its vessels was also en route to provide humanitarian relief to Gaza by sea.

With deliveries via land held up, attention has shifted towards alternative routes including sea and air drops. But aid agencies say such efforts can provide only limited relief as long as most land crossings are sealed off.

A spokesperson for the Israeli government said on Wednesday that under Israeli supervision, the United Nations used a new land route to deliver food to northern Gaza for the first time in three weeks.

The U.N. has warned that at least 576,000 people in Gaza – one-quarter of the population – are on the brink of famine.

The war began after Hamas fighters attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and seizing 253 hostages

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