As Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna announced at the Follow-up meeting to the Conference for the Civilian Population in Gaza on November 9, 705 tons of highly nutritious food provided to the World Food Programme (WFP) by the French company Nutriset will be transported by sea, facilitated by France.
The first ship, which set sail from Le Havre on December 20, carrying more than 350 tons of cargo, will arrive in Port Said, Egypt, on January 8. A second ship, carrying the second half of the cargo, will set sail from Le Havre today, bound for Port Said.
The WFP will be responsible for receiving and distributing the nutrition kits, stepping up its efforts to provide emergency food aid to Gaza’s civilian population.
This shipment brings the humanitarian relief that France has delivered to civilians in Gaza since October 28 to more than 1,000 tons. It includes emergency medical kits and medical supplies, highly nutritious food, shelters and family kits.
France remains deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the lack of food, drinking water and medicine has exposed civilians to a very serious health and food crisis for several weeks now. Together with its partners, France remains fully committed to assisting civilians in Gaza.