First Shipment Of Aid Departs To U.S.-Built Pier Off Gaza Coast

May 9, 2024

No other inspection is foreseen beyond what the mechanism that is carried out in Cyprus prescribes.

An Cyrus official speaking about the process of inspecting aid headed to the new U.S.-built pier located off the coast of Gaza, where much of the population is on the brink of famine …

Why It Matters: The U.S. constructed a temporary pier off the coast of Gaza to help increase humanitarian aid deliveries into the area amid the Israel-Hamas war. The U.S. deployed around 1,000 U.S. soldiers and sailors for the construction, and as of Thursday, the first delivery intended for the pier left Cyprus heading towards Gaza.

Also Worth Noting: Early on Tuesday, Israel took control of a border crossing in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where more than one million civilians have taken shelter amid the seven-month-long war. Israel has been thought to soon launch a larger offensive in Rafah, but on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said the U.S. will not supply weapons to Israel if they are intended for attacking Rafah.

Read More: Vessel carrying aid to US-built pier off Gaza leaves Cyprus (Reuters)

First shipment of aid to the US-built floating pier in Gaza departs from Cyprus (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas