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US reinstalls temporary port in Gaza Strip

The U.S. military’s temporary port on the coast of Gaza was repaired and relocated to the beach Friday morning after disintegrating and suffering damage in rough seas last week, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command said. USA.

“I am very pleased to announce that this morning in Gaza, US forces successfully annexed the temporary port on Gaza Beach. Israel Defense Force engineers provided all necessary support to ensure the safe placement of the port on the beach,” Vice Admiral Brad Cooper told reporters on Friday. “The policy of no US troops on the ground remains in effect. We hope to resume the delivery of humanitarian assistance from the sea in the coming days.”

On Friday, a US defense official said the port, which was built by the US military to transport aid to Gaza, is expected to resume operations later this Friday, with aid distribution resuming the following day, assuming that everything goes according to plan.

“We anticipate that our goal will be to initially deliver around 200 kg to the beach and then increase the volume,” added Cooper.

The pier broke and suffered damage in rough seas last week, in a major setback for the US-led effort to create a maritime corridor for humanitarian supplies in the war-torn enclave.

The port is the result of months of work by U.S. officials trying to find a way to get aid to Gaza that didn’t involve airdropping goods or moving supplies through border crossings. Although it only operated for about a week, the port delivered a thousand tons of aid to Gaza before disintegrating.

Called Joint Logistics Over the Shore, the temporary port requires good sea conditions to operate. The project’s expected cost was around US$320 million and it only began operating on May 17; now, officials say the port is expected to cost around $230 million.

Cooper emphasized Friday that the damage to the pier resulted “solely from unforeseen weather conditions” and that the military will continue to closely watch the weather in the future.

The port system consists of two parts: the floating pier where shipments will be unloaded and the bridge to transfer shipments to the distribution point in Gaza.

Last week’s damage followed significant obstacles to distribution routes, including Hamas drones and looting that delayed deliveries. As a result, the U.S. military had to assist the U.S. Humanitarian Service in finding alternative, safer routes for trucks leaving the marshalling area on the beach near the pier and traveling to the warehouses.

Prior to that, the US had faced a number of challenges with the port, including planning Israel’s operations in Rafah; establish who would transport aid from the dock to Gaza; and logistical challenges, such as maritime and weather conditions.

The construction of the structure came at a time when the humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating and the death toll due to Israeli attacks is rising. In Gaza, the entire population faces food insecurity.

Along with food, Chris Mewett, deputy assistant secretary of defense for global partnerships, told reporters Friday that there are other forms of aid being delivered using the port’s structure.

“I think everyone recognizes that food is just one component – ​​shelter, medical care, etc.,” Mewett said.

US officials previously said to CNN that the U.S. military will likely operate the port for at least three months, but the ultimate goal is to turn it into a full-time commercial operation that can be used by other countries and non-governmental organizations.

Source: CNN Brasil

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