France is extremely concerned by the humanitarian situation in Gaza and along with its partners, remains committed to assisting the civilian population.
As Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna announced this past Tuesday, France will ship 705 tons of highly nutritious food provided by Nutriset to the World Food Programme. The WFP will receive and distribute the nutrition kits, which will reinforce its efforts to provide emergency food aid to civilians in Gaza.
The first ship, carrying more than 350 tons, set sail for Port Said, Egypt, on December 20 from the port of Le Havre. A second shipment is scheduled for early next week.
This brings the amount of humanitarian aid that France has delivered to Gaza’s civilian population via the Egyptian Red Crescent since October 28 to 1,000 tons. It includes emergency medical kits and supplies, foods with high nutritional value, shelters and family kits.
During her trip to Israel, the Minister reiterated her call for the establishment of a humanitarian truce – capable of leading to a permanent ceasefire – in order to permit the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of the wounded, given that the situation on the ground in the Gaza Strip is untenable.