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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Navy personnel construct a JLOTS to assist aid to Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Central Command/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Image: Reuters/US Navy

U.S. military pier temporarily removed from Gaza coast for repairs


A U.S. military-built pier off Gaza's coast is being temporarily removed after a part of the structure broke off, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, in the latest blow to efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

The pier was announced by U.S. 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.

Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh said a portion of the pier had separated and that the pier would be towed over the next 48 hours to Ashdod port in Israel for repairs.

Singh added the pier would take over a week to repair and then returned to its place off the coast of Gaza.

U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters earlier on Tuesday that bad weather was believed to be the reason that the part of the pier had broken off.

Since the pier began operations, the United Nations has transported 137 trucks of aid from the pier - the equivalent of 900 metric tons - said a U.N. World Food Program spokesperson.

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The entire operation is a complete joke. There is no need for a billion dollar pier, force Israel to allow supplies in to Gaza.

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Here's another example of USA military "intelligence".

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Haha what a spin.

“removed for repairs”?

it broke apart into pieces, and partially sank. The parts that didn’t wash up on the shore.

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deanzaZZRToday 09:51 am JST

Here's another example of USA military "intelligence".

You have to have an overseas military deployment to make fun of an overseas military deployment.

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@Chabba: You should know this,America has no intention for humanitarian life saving of Palestinians. That pier is not feasible and they knew it. This is a P.R. event,an appeasement of international and domestic critics because this year is election year. Biden doesn't look good for re-election.

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