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Waves sweep away US-built floating pier in Gaza

Israeli navy helping to connect separated part, according to Israeli media

Zein Khalil  | 25.05.2024 - Update : 25.05.2024
Waves sweep away US-built floating pier in Gaza US Navy ships anchor off the Gaza coast


Waves swept away a section of the American floating pier installed to carry aid to Gaza, Israeli media reported Saturday.

“Part of the American pier was washed ashore in Ashdod (a city in Israel),” said Channel 12.

"The Israeli Navy is currently helping to connect the separated part,” it added.

There were no injuries reported.

The US army in mid-May announced it finished constructing a temporary floating pier off the coast of Gaza Strip meant to provide much needed aid to the blockaded enclave.

Israel continues its brutal offensive on Gaza despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire.

Over 35,850 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, the vast majority being women and children, and nearly 80,300 others injured since October following an attack by Hamas.

More than seven months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel is accused of “genocide” at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which in its latest ruling demanded an immediate halt to the operation in Gaza's southern city of Rafah, where more than a million displaced Palestinians were seeking refuge.

* Writing by Ikram Kouachi

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