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    US Says a UN Agency Has Agreed to Help in Distribution of Aid to Gaza Via Sea Route

    US Says a UN Agency Has Agreed to Help in Distribution of Aid to Gaza Via Sea Route

    (AP) — The U.N. World Food Program has agreed to help deliver aid for the starving civilians of once the U.S. completes a pier for transporting the humanitarian assistance by sea, U.S. officials said Friday.

    The involvement of the U.N. agency could help resolve one of the major obstacles facing the U.S.-planned project — the reluctance of aid groups to handle on-the-ground distribution of food and other badly needed goods in Gaza absent significant changes by .

    An Israeli military attack April 1 that killed seven aid workers from the World Central Kitchen intensified international criticism of Israel for failing to provide security for humanitarian workers or allow adequate amounts of aid across its land borders.

    President Joe Biden, himself facing criticism over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza while supporting Israel's military campaign against Hamas, announced March 8 that the U.S. military would build the temporary pier and causeway, as an alternative to the land routes.

    The U.S. Agency for International Development confirmed to The Associated Press that it would partner with the WFP on delivering humanitarian assistance to Gaza via the maritime corridor.

    “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…

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