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UAE Pauses Aid to Gaza by Sea After Israeli Strike Kills Aid Workers

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates is pausing humanitarian aid efforts through a maritime corridor from Cyprus to Gaza pending further safety guarantees from Israel and a full investigation into the deaths of aid workers in Gaza, a UAE official told Reuters on Tuesday.

The official, who declined to be identified, gave no detail on the safety guarantees the UAE wants from Israel.

An Israeli strike killed seven people working for the World Central Kitchen aid group in Gaza.

The UAE has financed the aid shipments by sea to Gaza and WCK has organised them.

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RAFAH, GAZA - FEBRUARY 22: Palestinian families, who have been repeatedly displaced due to Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip, live in the makeshift tents in an empty area in southern Rafah, Gaza on February 22, 2024. (Photo by Abed Zagout/Anadolu via Getty Images)

A UAE foreign ministry statement condemned the deaths of the aid workers and called for an “urgent, independent and transparent investigation.” The UAE said it holds Israel responsible.

Israel eased a 17-year naval blockade on the Gaza Strip last month to allow seaborne aid from Cyprus for starving Palestinians.

(Reporting by Maha El Dahan; Editing by Sharon Singleton and Cynthia Osterman)

Copyright 2024 Thomson Reuters.

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