US Gaza Pier

Sounds like they wrote off the two grounded/lost pieces on the beach as charity donations to the local population

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The truth is probably somewhere in the middle between this instagram post and a heroic rescue mission as reported by the rest of the media.

Recovery mission may have been launched from the aid peir.


Maritime aid deliveries to Gaza resumed Saturday after a US-built temporary pier was repaired a day prior, US Central Command announced.

Nearly 500 metric tons, or over a million pounds, of aid was delivered beginning Saturday morning local time, CENTCOM said in a post on X, the first delivery since the pier broke apart last month.

The delivery came the same day the Israeli military rescued four hostages in an operation that authorities in Gaza said killed 236 people and injured more than 400 others.

CENTCOM made it clear Saturday that the pier, “including its equipment, personnel, and assets,” was not used in the operation.

Palestinians walk past a jetty in Gaza City with a view of navy vessels off the coast as part of a humanitarian "maritime corridor" announced by US Central Command on May 17. The US military said aid deliveries began on May 17 via a temporary pier in Gaza aimed at ramping up emergency humanitarian assistance to the war-ravaged Palestinian territory.
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“The temporary pier on the coast of Gaza was put in place for one purpose only, to help move additional, urgently needed lifesaving assistance into Gaza,” CENTCOM said in a separate post on X.

And a US official told CNN on Saturday that the pier, called Joint Logistics Over the Shore, or JLOTS, was not used in the operation. “It is our understanding that IDF did not use a vehicle with humanitarian markings, or any humanitarian platform, including the JLOTS facility, to conduct hostage rescue operations,” the official said.

The pier, used in addition to dropping aid out of planes and trucking it through border checkpoints, sustained damage and broke apart in heavy seas late last month. In the less than two weeks the pier was operational, it helped deliver some 1,000 metric tons of aid to Gaza.

The US had faced a number of challenges with the pier, including planning around Israel’s operations in Rafah, establishing who would transport the aid from the pier into Gaza, and logistical issues such as sea and weather conditions.

Eight months into the Israel-Hamas war, human rights groups have described “unspeakable” living conditions in Gaza. The United Nations’ food agency warned in May that Palestinians in the north are under a “full-blown famine” that is spreading south, and more than 1 million people, half of Gaza’s population, are “expected to face death and starvation” by mid-July, a UN report warned this week.

Palestinians distribute food aid which entered the Southern Gaza Strip through the United Nations World Food Programme in the Wadi Gaza area of central Gaza, on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Israeli tanks and troops have entered Rafah, where Israel believes Hamas leaders are located and where some hostages are being held. Photographer: Ahmad Salem/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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While Israeli officials have insisted there is no limit on the amount of aid that can enter Gaza, the UN has accused authorities of imposing “unlawful restrictions” on relief operations, including blocked land routes, communications blackouts and air strikes.

The US has made a number of air drops of humanitarian aid into Gaza in partnership with the Royal Jordanian Air Force, though they were suspended in recent weeks due to military operations in the north of Gaza, Vice Adm. Brad Cooper said Friday. Air drops are expected to resume “in the coming days,” he said.