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DUMBEST IDEA EVER: $320 MILLION US-Built Pier Being Removed From Gaza After Damage From Rough Seas

The U.S.-built temporary pier taking humanitarian aid to Palestinians will be removed from the coast of Gaza to be repaired after getting damaged in rough seas and weather, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Over the next two days, the pier will be pulled out and sent to the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, where U.S. Central Command will repair it, Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters. She said the fixes will take “at least over a week” and then the pier will need to be anchored back into the beach in Gaza.

The setback is the latest for the $320 million pier, which only began operations in the past two weeks and has already had three U.S. service members injured and had four of its vessels beached due to heavy seas. Deliveries also were halted for two days last week after crowds rushed aid trucks coming from the pier and one Palestinian man was shot dead. After that, the U.S. military worked with the U.N. and Israeli officials to select safer alternate routes for trucks, the Pentagon said Friday.

The pier was fully functional as late as Saturday when heavy seas unmoored four of the Army boats that were being used to ferry pallets of aid from commercial vessels to the pier. The system is anchored into the beach and provided a long causeway for trucks to drive that aid onto the shore.

Two of the vessels were beached on Gaza and two others on the coast of Israel near Ashkelon.

Before the weather damage and suspension, the pier had begun to pick up steam and as of Friday more than 820 metric tons of food aid had been delivered from the sea onto the Gaza beach via the pier.

U.S. officials have repeatedly emphasized that the pier cannot provide the amount of aid that Gazans need and said that more checkpoints for humanitarian trucks need to be opened.

At maximum capacity, the pier would bring in enough food for 500,000 of Gaza’s people. U.S. officials stressed the need for open land crossings for the remaining 1.8 million.

The U.S. has also planned to continue to provide airdrops of food, which likewise cannot meet all the needs.


4 Responses

  1. What a waste of taxpayer money. All so that sleepy Joe could tell the squad that he is feeding their people and therefore they should vote for him.

  2. So which is junkier quality craftsmanship: stuff made in China or made in America or both about the same!
    Meanwhile the joke is us: this is our tax dollars at work. 1/3 billion dollars of our tax dollars.

  3. There are populations in the world that really are starving or living in abject poverty but no one seems to care.But Gaza which produces nothing but more and more unproductive people and jihadist terror gets so much support and sympathy.

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