EU activates Civil Protection Mechanism to provide aid coordination in Gaza


EU activates Civil Protection Mechanism to provide aid coordination in Gaza

On Monday, the European Union launched the Civil Protection Mechanism to coordinate European humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. This comes after establishing a maritime corridor from Cyprus and initiating aid to the enclave. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced this in a speech at the European Parliament, stating that the EU will provide logistical support, coordinate, and finance the delivery of aid through this sea route.

Von der Leyen urged all Member States to contribute their assets to ensure a stable and significant supply of aid to Gaza. The situation in the Gaza Strip is described as more dramatic than ever, with over 31,100 dead after five months of conflict. Reports of children dying of hunger have brought attention to the urgent need for assistance.

While acknowledging that aid alone will not resolve the crisis, Von der Leyen emphasized the importance of a humanitarian pause and a sustainable ceasefire. The urgency of the situation on the ground cannot be overstated, prompting the activation of the EU civil protection mechanism in efforts to provide immediate aid to Gaza.

Despite the challenges, the European Executive has emphasized the need for a collective approach to addressing the crisis in Gaza. The urgency of the situation on the ground continues to drive efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and support to those in need.

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