Israel ensures Gaza aid security; US airdrops, Biden orders sea port

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WASHINGTON — The US Department of Defense, the Pentagon, announced that Israel will play a role in ensuring the security of the planned temporary port to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.اضافة اعلان

Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said in a press statement on Tuesday that the maritime passage for delivering aid to Gaza was one of the topics discussed by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Israeli counterpart, Yoav Gallant, in Washington Wednesday, Al-Ghad reported.

She added that efforts related to establishing the temporary port are ongoing and mentioned that Israel will "play a role" in securing the port and aid passage, but the details on this matter are still under evaluation.

She noted that the US will distribute aid through its partners and non-governmental organizations in the region, indicating a lack of further information regarding the specifics of this stage.

She stated that since the beginning of March, the US has airdropped over eight tonnes of "pork-free" food items to Gaza through 17 aerial operations.

In his State of the Union address on March 8th, President Joe Biden announced that he had instructed the military to establish a temporary port near Gaza's coast, stating that more humanitarian aid would enter Gaza by sea through the port.

On the same day, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades announced during a joint press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that progress was being made towards opening a maritime passage for transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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