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Why move the American pier in Gaza?

By nr39r Jun15,2024

The American Military Command for the Middle East announced the removal of the temporary American pier that transported humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Trip due to rough seas. On Friday, June 14, Centcom confirmed that the US military-installed temporary pier would be moved. The mid-May installation was removed at the end of the month due to a storm and replaced.

Centcom said “the temporary relocation of the jetty will help avoid structural damage from sea conditions.” The Israeli port of Ashdod will receive it. “The decision to temporarily relocate the pier is not taken lightly, but is necessary so that the temporary pier can continue to deliver aid in the future,” Centcom said, pledging installation “quickly”.

Washington, Israel’s main military ally, built this pier off Gaza’s coast despite Israel’s land supply limitations to the war-torn Palestinian territory.
UN, aid agencies claim pier-to-Gaza commodities transfer is banned because to allegations Israeli military exploited area during hostage rescue last week.

Washington— A US source said Friday that the US military is ready to temporarily relocate its humanitarian dock near Gaza due to expected sea conditions, the latest hurdle to the endeavor, which has been impeded by bad weather since May.

After being suspended over the weekend, the floating US military dock off Gaza resumed delivering humanitarian aid.

According to an anonymous official, the pier may be transferred to Ashdod until sea conditions improve.

On May 17, supplies began arriving via the dock, and the UN delivered 137 trucks of aid to warehouses, totaling 900 metric tons. On May 28, the US ceased operations for repairs.

The UN reported Friday that aid transportation from the pier to World Food Program warehouses had not resumed.

“Our security colleagues are still working to re-establish secure humanitarian work conditions,” said deputy UN spokesperson Farhan Haq.

UN officials also reassessed the pier’s use, stating Israeli military activities nearby had compromised the humanitarian route’s impartiality.

After last week’s hostage rescue raid, Israeli rescuers rushed out a critically wounded commando instead of returning via a land border, Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told reporters. He said they raced to the shore and the US aid facility on Gaza’s coast. According to US and Israeli military reports, an Israeli chopper landed on the US-built pier and rescued hostages and the commando.

According to Israel and the US, the month-old US pier was not used in the Israeli operation. They say hostages were flown home from nearby.

However, the UN World Food Program, which works with the US to deliver goods from the pier to warehouses and local assistance teams for Gaza distribution, paused cooperation for a security review. Aid has piled up on the beach since.

Haq said the UN must examine the facts and what the Palestinian populace and armed factions think regarding US, pier, or humanitarian worker involvement in the raid.

Haq said humanitarian help should not be exploited or seen as supporting a fight. The safety of our humanitarian workers depends on both sides and local communities respecting their neutrality.

Humanitarian groups claim social media rumors have increased relief worker risk.

“Whether the pier has been used militarily is almost irrelevant. Because Gazan civilians and armed groups believe humanitarian aid has been instrumentalized by parties in the conflict, said Norwegian Refugee Council Gaza head of operations Suze van Meegen.

Since the US government is responsible for the pier and aid delivery arrangements with the UN and other humanitarian groups, Oxfam International and other aid organizations are waiting for answers.

Oxfam associate director Scott Paul asked if Israeli helicopters and security officers exploited what the US had assured aid groups would be a no-go area around the dock.

President Joe Biden declared in March that the pier would be used for assistance delivery during the Israel-Palestinian terror group fight.

The pier will cost hundreds of millions of dollars for the first 90 days and employ 1,000 US service members.

The Hamas-led October 7 massacre in the enclave killed 1,200 civilians and kidnapped 251, starting the war.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry claims more than 37,000 people have died or are presumed dead in the fighting, without distinguishing between civilians and combatants. Israel claims to have killed 15,000 terror operatives in battle. Israel claims it killed 1,000 terrorists inside Israel on October 7.


By nr39r

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