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Second shipment with more than 300 tons of food for Gaza leaves Cyprus port

Larnaca, Cyprus Reuters Ships carrying 332 tons of food for Gaza left Cyprus’s Larnaca port on Saturday in a convoy which will reach the besieged enclave early next week, authorities said. It is the second shipment this month after Israel eased a 17-year naval blockade on the Gaza Strip to allow aid in from Cyprus, […]

First Gaza aid ship leaves Cyprus with Palestinians on brink of famine

Larnaca, Cyprus/Cairo, Egypt Reuters A ship carrying 200 tonnes of aid for Gaza left Cyprus on Tuesday in a pilot project to open a sea corridor to deliver supplies to a population that aid agencies say is on the verge of famine after five months of war. While welcoming the project, however, senior UN officials […]

Netanyahu says at least 13,000 “terrorists” among Palestinians killed

Frankfurt, Germany Reuters Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told a German newspaper that at least 13,000 “terrorists” were among Palestinians killed during Israel’s air and ground assault on Gaza. Five months into Israel’s campaign following the 7th October Hamas-led attack on southern Israel, Palestinian health authorities say nearly 31,000 Palestinians have been killed. Israeli […]

Gaza talks mediators pushing to secure truce, Israel says

Cairo, Egypt/Rafah, Gaza Reuters Efforts to secure a deal on a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza are ongoing, Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad said on Saturday, despite dimming hopes for a truce during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Mossad chief David Barnea met on Friday with his US counterpart William Burns to promote […]

EU sees maritime aid corridor to Gaza opening this weekend amid famine fears

Cairo, Egypt/Larnaca, Cyprus Reuters The head of the European Commission said on Friday a maritime aid corridor could start operating between Cyprus and Gaza this weekend, part of accelerating Western efforts to relieve the humanitarian crisis in the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave. Ursula von der Leyen’s comments came a day after President Joe Biden announced plans […]

Cyprus rescues 60 Syrian migrants from boat, children found unconscious

Nicosia, Cyprus Reuters Sixty Syrian migrants were rescued from a small boat off Cyprus on Wednesday after being stranded at sea for days, including three children and a man who were found unconscious on board, Cypriot authorities said.  Authorities scrambled rescue helicopters and patrol vessels after a merchant vessel reported seeing a small wooden fishing […]

From trauma to rainbows; Israel festival survivors heal in Cyprus

Cyprus - Miliou - attack survivors

Miliou, Cyprus Reuters Deep within the lush mountainous forests of Cyprus, survivors of the 7th October music festival bloodbath in Israel practice yoga, paint and meditate as they try to come to grips with the trauma. At an Israeli-run wellness retreat, survivor Matan Madar wants to dull the cries. Dor Rahamim is looking for peace. […]

In race with time, Cyprus leaders appeal for help to find conflict victims

Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, speaks to media outside the CMP Anthropological Laboratory in the buffer zone of Nicosia airport, Cyprus, on 28th July, 2023.

Nicosia, CyprusReuters Rival leaders on war-split Cyprus appealed on Friday for witnesses to help trace hundreds of people missing in the violence that tore the island apart, saying time was rapidly running out for families to learn the fate of their loved ones. Forensics teams operating under the auspices of the United Nations have been […]