Adverse Weather Forces Biden’s $320 Million Gaza Pier to be Relocated Again

The temporary pier off the coast of Gaza, championed by President Joe Biden and costing up to $320 million, has been relocated once more due to severe weather conditions. The pier, which was already forced offline last month after falling apart during a storm, has again faced relocation to prevent further damage.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) announced the decision: “Today, due to expected high seas, the temporary pier will be removed from its anchored position in Gaza and towed back to Ashdod, Israel. The safety of our service members is a top priority and temporarily relocating the pier will prevent structural damage caused by the heightened sea state.”

CENTCOM explained that the relocation was a necessary precaution to ensure the pier could continue its mission of delivering aid. “After the period of expected high seas, the pier will be rapidly re-anchored to the coast of Gaza and resume delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza. Since May 17, over 3,500 metric tons (7.7 million pounds) have been delivered through the maritime corridor for onward delivery by humanitarian organizations,” the statement added.

Breitbart News correspondent Kristina Wong highlighted the operational difficulties with a video posted on X, demonstrating the challenging sea conditions impacting the pier’s effectiveness.

The repeated relocations and significant costs have drawn criticism, with detractors pointing to the project’s inefficiencies and the high price tag. Nonetheless, the Biden administration defends the temporary pier as crucial for delivering much-needed humanitarian aid to Gaza.

As the pier awaits better weather to be re-anchored, the situation brings to light the logistical hurdles and substantial expenses involved in maintaining such an operation in a turbulent region. The ongoing challenges raise questions about the sustainability and practicality of the initiative, even as it plays a vital role in the humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

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