Biden's Gaza Pier Shut Down After Piece Breaks Off

May 28, 2024

A part of the U.S. military's pier off Gaza has broken off, rendering it temporarily inoperable, two U.S. officials said, in the latest blow to efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

The U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said bad weather was believed to be the reason that the part had broken off. They did not say how big the part was or speculate on how long it would take for the pier to resume operations.

The pier was announced by President Joe Biden in March and involved the military assembling the floating structure off the coast. Estimated to cost $320 million for the first 90 days and involve about 1,000 U.S. service members, it went into operation two weeks ago.

The pier's closure came the week after three U.S. service members were injured, one critically, in a forklift accident related to the pier.

Since the pier began operations, the United Nations has transported 137 trucks of aid from the pier—the equivalent of 900 metric tonnes—said a U.N. World Food Programme spokesperson. A Pentagon spokesman said last week, however, that he did not believe any Gazan civilians had received aid from the pier because shipments were "intercepted by some people who took that aid off those vehicles."

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