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Gazan Aid Delivery Resumes Following Reopening of Temporary Pier

The transfer of humanitarian aid from Cyprus to Gaza has resumed after U.S. Central Command personnel successfully reattached the command's temporary pier to the Gazan coastline Wednesday, the Pentagon has announced.

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Press Briefing
Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder conducts a news briefing at the Pentagon, June 20, 2024.
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Centcom removed the Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore pier June 14 and towed it to Ashdod, Israel, to avoid potential damage from volatile sea states. 

"I can confirm that [Centcom] personnel reanchored and reestablished the temporary pier to the Gaza beach yesterday," Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder told the media during a briefing today.  

The reopening of the pier allowed for the overnight transfer of more than 656 metric tons — or 1.4 million pounds — of aid to be delivered to the marshaling yard in Gaza, Ryder said. 

"As has been the case in the past, Israeli Defense Force engineers provided all the necessary support to ensure the safe emplacement of the pier on the beach, and there were no U.S. boots on the ground during the reestablishment of the pier," he added.  

Despite having experienced some weather-caused damage and temporary shutdowns, the pier has delivered a substantial amount of aid to Gaza since last month, Ryder said.

"Since May 17, when the temporary pier first went operational, over 4,100 metric tons — or 9.1 million pounds — [of aid] have been delivered through the maritime corridor for onward delivery by humanitarian organizations," Ryder told reporters.

A view from space shows a long, slender, metal pier that extends from a sandy beach to roughly 800 feet out into the ocean.
Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore
U.S. soldiers, sailors and Israeli Defense Forces emplace the Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore pier on the Gaza coast, May 16, 2024.
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During the briefing, Ryder also pushed back on some reports in the media that the Defense Department has established an end date for the overall pier mission.  

"While it's always been our intention for the pier to be a temporary solution as part of the broader international effort to surge humanitarian assistance into Gaza to meet the urgent needs of the Palestinian people, we have not established an end date for this mission as of now," Ryder said. 

"Therefore, we'll continue to facilitate the transfer of humanitarian aid via the maritime corridor," Ryder continued.

"And, as always, [DOD will] take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of the personnel operating the pier; to include adjusting to sea states in the eastern Mediterranean Sea — the same way we do with aircraft operations in the event of inclement weather or conditions."

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