US-Constructed Pier Off Gaza Breaks Apart

The pier cost $320 million to build and now needs major repairs

The US-constructed pier off Gaza broke apart on Tuesday due to heavy seas, suspending aid deliveries indefinitely, in the latest setback for the disastrous project that was ordered by President Biden.

The Pentagon said that the pier, which cost $320 million for the US to build, was damaged and sections of it need to be repaired. According to CNN, it will be removed from the coast of Gaza over the next 48 hours and taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod for repairs.

Just a few days earlier, four vessels supporting the pier broke off their moorings due to heavy seas. Two of them washed up ashore, while the other two were able to drop anchor. Before that, the Pentagon said three US troops suffered non-combat injuries on the pier, which were likely also caused by rough seas.

CNN previously reported that the pier could only be safely operated in a maximum of 3-foot waves and winds less than approximately 15 miles per hour. Heavier conditions caused a delay in the first aid deliveries through the pier, which only began on May 17, and were suspended for a few days due to distribution issues.

Biden ordered the construction of the pier instead of pressuring Israel to open more land border crossings to aid deliveries, which is by far the most efficient way to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza. Barely any aid has been entering the Strip since Israel captured the Rafah border crossing on May 7.

Besides being an incredibly expensive and inefficient project, the pier also risks a major escalation of US involvement in Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. About 1,000 troops have been supporting the project just off the coast of Gaza, putting them in range of Hamas rockets. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has acknowledged that there’s a risk of the US troops deployed for the pier mission coming under attack and said they would be able to shoot back.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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