Israel "accepts in principle" Cyprus' proposal for the sea corridor in Gaza

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The newspaper Israel Hayom, with its exclusive report published yesterday, stated on its front page that the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced to the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom that it accepts in principle a humanitarian sea corridor to Gaza.

According to the newspaper, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen conveyed the decision on Tuesday to his Cypriot and British counterparts, stating Jerusalem’s position that it will be possible to begin shipments via the Mediterranean route upon completion of the required preparations.

The report states that the initiative of the maritime corridor was jointly proposed by Cyprus and Greece already at the beginning of the war, given that Israel had announced that in the future it would not have any responsibility for the daily living conditions of its citizens Gaza Strip.

As the publication clarifies, after the announcement of this Israeli position, various proposals were brought to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen, after examining them, considered the proposal put forward by Cyprus and the of Greece.

The purpose of Cohen's visit to Cyprus last week was to visit the "Zeno" operations centre in Larnaca, together with his Cypriot counterpart, Constantinos Kombos, and specifically the area where an Israeli team will carry out the security check of the material that will be transported to Gaza, the publication adds.

He cites a relevant statement by the Israeli Mr Cohen, according to which the purpose of the sea humanitarian corridor will be the complete disengagement of Israel from Gaza on an economic level and will not allow the revival of the reality that existed before the murderous attack of Hamas on October 7.

As for the practical issue of determining the port at which the sea humanitarian corridor will end, the Israel Hayom newspaper, citing sources in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, claims that the anchorage located in Al-Mawashi settlement, port of the city of Khan Yunis, will be designated on the coast of the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, a ship loaded with 80 tons of humanitarian aid for Gaza left Cyprus for the war zone and ended up in Malta, waiting for security issues to be resolved.

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