The shipment, totaling 200 tonnes of food, has been unloaded onto the shores of Gaza, addressing urgent concerns highlighted by the UN about the region facing famine.

Despite accusations from aid agencies that Israel has hindered aid deliveries, Israeli officials refute these claims, stating that aid is permitted through two southern crossings and citing logistical challenges faced by aid organizations.

The aid, transported by the Spanish charity ship Open Arms, includes essential food items such as beans, carrots, canned tuna, and rice, along with culturally significant dates for Ramadan.

Israeli officials inspected the cargo in Cyprus before it reached Gaza, marking the beginning of a trial to assess the effectiveness of maritime aid deliveries compared to land and air routes.

Teams worked tirelessly to unload the aid, as Gaza lacks a functional port, necessitating the construction of a makeshift jetty by WCK's team.

While the distribution plan for the aid remains unclear, WCK's founder, celebrity chef José Andrés, expressed optimism about future shipments, aiming to deliver even larger quantities to Gaza weekly.

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) deployed troops to secure the shoreline during the aid delivery, emphasizing the significance of this operation.

The success of this sea mission could pave the way for future aid shipments through newly established sea routes, complementing efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Despite ongoing military operations in Gaza and the approval of further assaults by Israel, negotiations for a ceasefire continue, with differing perspectives on proposed truce terms.