Monday, June 24, 2024

U.S. Gaza pier knocked out of action by heavy seas

(BBC News) A temporary pier built by the US military to deliver aid to Gaza has been damaged by heavy seas and will take at least a week to be repaired, according to US officials. 


US forces began building the floating pier — which is attached to Gaza’s shoreline by a temporary causeway — several weeks ago.


The causeway portion of the project has now reportedly broken off and will have to be repaired before being returned to its position. 


Humanitarian organizations have warned that the amount of aid reaching Palestinians in Gaza is only a fraction of what is required to meet the needs of its population. 


The pier, which was first announced by US officials in March, consists of two main components: a large floating dock made up of steel segments and a two-lane, 548-metre causeway and pier.


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