UN food program agrees to assist in Gaza aid distribution using sea route

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jun10,2024

The United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) agreed to deliver aid to residents in Gaza when the U.S. finishes a pier for moving aid by sea, U.S. officials said Friday, according to The Associated Press.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has confirmed to The AP that it will work with the WFP to get humanitarian aid to Gaza by way of the sea. 

“This is a complex operation that requires coordination between many partners, and our conversations are ongoing. Throughout Gaza, the safety and security of humanitarian actors is critical to the delivery of assistance, and we continue to advocate for measures that will give humanitarians greater assurances,” USAID said in a statement, according to The AP.

U.S. and WFP officials are working on how they can deliver aid to Palestinian civilians “in an independent, neutral, and impartial manner,” per The AP.

President Biden announced the pier’s construction during his State of the Union speech last month. He has faced increasing criticism for his handling of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, especially in the wake of a recent Israeli attack that killed seven aid workers with World Central Kitchen, which Biden said left him “outraged and heartbroken”.

“Incidents like yesterday’s simply should not happen,” Biden said the day after the attack. “Israel has also not done enough to protect civilians. The United States has repeatedly urged Israel to deconflict their military operations against Hamas with humanitarian operations, in order to avoid civilian casualties.”

WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain said earlier this month that people in Gaza were on the edge of famine.

“We’re literally on the brink of going over the edge — over the cliff — with famine and not being able to recover from it,” McCain said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.

The Associated Press contributed.

The Hill has reached out to USAID and the WFP.

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2 thoughts on “UN food program agrees to assist in Gaza aid distribution using sea route”
  1. President Biden’s response to the recent Israeli attack on aid workers in Gaza reflects his commitment to ensuring the safety and security of humanitarian missions. It’s crucial that all parties involved work together to deliver aid to Palestinian civilians in a neutral and impartial manner, prioritizing the well-being of those in need.

  2. As an avid follower of international affairs, I believe it’s crucial for the U.S. and WFP to ensure efficient aid delivery to Gaza through the sea route. The safety and security of humanitarian actors are paramount in these complex operations. President Biden’s commitment to addressing the humanitarian situation in Gaza is commendable, but more needs to be done to prevent tragic incidents like the recent attack on aid workers. Let’s hope for improved coordination and protection of civilians in the region.

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