The European Union has organized six more flights to get vital aid supplies to Gaza, the bloc announced Friday.
In a news release, the EU said that "humanitarian air bridge flights are now scheduled for the coming days."
Two of these flights are set to depart from Brindisi in southern Italy on Friday and Saturday and will carry "55 tonnes of items donated from the EU to the World Food Programme (WFP)," according to the statement.
Three further flights will depart from the Romanian capital of Bucharest next week, carrying tents and mattresses donated by Romania. The final flight will depart from Ostend in Belgium at the end of month, transporting supplies from United Nations agencies and other humanitarian partners, according to the press release.
"In total, this brings total EU air bridge flights to 14 in the past weeks with over 550 tonnes of emergency aid for the people of Gaza being transported to Egypt for quick deployment across the Rafah border crossing point," the EU said.
The bloc's leadership has continuously highlighted the need for more humanitarian aid to enter Gaza, with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen telling EU ambassadors Monday that "the volumes remain too small to match the massive humanitarian needs in Gaza."
On Friday, the EU's Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič warned that the world is currently "witnessing a humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip."
Despite quadrupling its humanitarian funding and amping up its engagement with partners, the bloc remains limited by the "dramatically insufficient and unsafe access of humanitarian aid," Lenarčič added.
As part of its commitment to humanitarian aid, the EU is also working on other routes to get aid into Gaza, including a maritime corridor, von der Leyen said Friday.