sábado, junio 15

The dock that the United States built in Gaza to bring humanitarian aid broke down and stops working

The temporary dock built by the United States that had been operating for two weeks to deliver humanitarian aid to starving Palestinians will be removed from the coast of the Gaza Strip to be repaired after being damaged by bad weather conditions and rough seas, the Pentagon reported Tuesday.

Over the next two days, the pier will be removed from the beach (part of it has already been dismantled, as can be seen in satellite images) and sent to the city of Ashdod, in southern Israel, where the US Central Command will take it. will be repaired, Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters. She added that the repairs will take “a little over a week” and that the pier will then have to be re-anchored on Gaza Beach.

Part of the pier that still remains on the Gaza beach. Photo: Satellite image ©2024 Maxar Technologies / AFP

“It has been working since it was launched but we have had a sort of unfortunate confluence of meteorological storms that “They have left it inoperative for a while”Singh commented.

The dock, used to transport humanitarian aid arriving by sea, It is one of the few ways to get food and other supplies free to Palestinians who, according to the UN, are on the brink of starvation amid the nearly eight-month war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

The two main border crossings in southern Gaza, Rafah from Egypt and Kerem Shalom from Israel, are not operational or are largely inaccessible to the UN due to fighting raging nearby as Israel advances towards Rafah. The pier and the two Israeli border crossings in northern Gaza are where most of the humanitarian aid has entered in the last three weeks. Although health sources told Clarion that the aid that enters from the north is not reaching the south.

Stranded ships and wounded soldiers

This setback It is the most recent that the pier suffersvalued at 320 million dollars, which began operating until two weeks ago and in which Three US soldiers have already been injured and four boats have stranded due to strong waves. Two of the soldiers suffered minor injuries, but the third remains in serious condition, according to Singh.

Deliveries They were also interrupted for two days last week after crowds pounced on aid trucks leaving the dock and a Palestinian was shot dead.

Trucks with help move along the dock. Photo: AP

The pier It was fully functional until Saturdaywhen the strong waves unstuck four of the army ships which were used to transport pallets of aid from commercial ships to the dock. The system is anchored on Gaza beach and provided a long causeway for trucks to bring aid to shore.

Two of the ships were stranded on the coast of Israel. One has already been recovered and the other will be recovered in the next 24 hours with the help of the Israeli army, Singh said. The other two ships were stranded on the Gaza beach and were expected to be recovered in the next two days, he said.

The suspension of the dock comes after the new sea route began to gain momentum, with more than 1,000 metric tons of food aid delivered.

U.S. officials have repeatedly emphasized that the pier cannot provide the amount of aid starving Gazans need and have said that it is necessary to open more checkpoints for humanitarian trucks. At full capacity, the pier would bring enough food for 500,000 Gazans, and U.S. officials have stressed the need for open land crossings for the remaining 1.8 million.

The United States has also planned continue sending food from the airwhich cannot satisfy all needs either.

A deepening Israeli offensive on the southern city of Rafah has made it impossible for aid shipments to pass through the crossing, which It is a key source of fuel and food reaching Gaza. Israel says it is bringing aid through another border crossing, Kerem Shalom, but humanitarian organizations say Israeli military operations make it difficult for them to recover aid there for distribution.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza to destroy Hamas in response to the group’s cross-border attack on southern Israel on October 7, during which About 1,200 people died and another 252 were taken hostage.

At least 36,090 people have died in Gaza since thenaccording to the Hamas-run Health Ministry.

The author is a journalist for the Associated Press