US pier off Gaza reconstructed and reattached, aid expected to flow shortly

The United States-constructed pier off Gaza’s coast designed to supplement the international efforts to get humanitarian aid into the enclave will be operational again in the near future.

U.S. Central Command built the pier, which was first operational on May 17, only for it to get damaged during inclement weather less than two weeks later. Defense officials argue that the first week or so of the pier’s aid delivery was a success, despite the damage that forced the aid route to be halted for repairs.

“I’m very pleased to announce that earlier this morning, in Gaza, U.S. forces successfully attached the temporary pier to the Gaza beach. Israeli Defense Force engineers provided all the necessary support to ensure the safe emplacement of the pier to the beach,” Vice Adm. Brad Cooper told reporters on Friday. “The policy of no U.S. boots on
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