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US-built pier in Gaza is reconnected after repairs, and aid will flow soon, US Central Command says

US-built pier in Gaza is reconnected after repairs, and aid will flow soon, US Central Command says
The U.S. military-built pier designed to carry badly needed aid into Gaza by boat has been reconnected to the beach in the besieged territory after a section broke apart in storms and rough seas, a…

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U.S. Military-Built Pier Reconnected to Gaza Beach for Aid

The U.S. military-built pier in Gaza, designed to deliver aid by boat, has been reconnected to the beach after being damaged by storms and rough seas. U.S. Central Command announced that food and other supplies will soon begin to flow into the besieged territory. The causeway, which connects to the beach in Gaza, was rebuilt nearly two weeks after heavy storms damaged it. Vice Adm. Brad Cooper stated that operations at the reconnected pier will be ramped up to get 1 million pounds of food and other supplies moving through the pier into Gaza every two days. The U.S. Agency for International Development is working to ensure that aid from the pier can safely and effectively resume movement. The maritime route was an additional way to get aid into Gaza due to the difficulty of land routes during the Israel-Hamas war. President Joe Biden's administration has said that the pier wasn't meant to be a total solution, but that any amount of aid helps. The initial cost of the pier was estimated at $320 million, but has since dropped to $230 million due to contributions from Britain and lower than expected equipment costs. The pier was initially operational for a week before being damaged by storms, but the U.S. expects to resume airdrops of food in the coming days.

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