Thu 16 May 2024 5:01 pm - Jerusalem Time

Two ships anchored near the American floating pier off the coast of Gaza

Two ships docked off the coast of Gaza City overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, today, Thursday, near the floating dock established by the United States under the pretext of delivering aid to the Palestinians in the Strip.

According to local sources, two ships anchored near the pier located near the “Al-Baidar” area, which is under the control of the Israeli occupation forces stationed in the Strip, on the coast southwest of Gaza City.

The sources explained that the two ships do not carry any flag, but their presence came after Washington announced the completion of the construction of the floating dock off the coast of Gaza.

On Thursday morning, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced the completion of construction of the floating dock, and expected that aid trucks would begin moving to the beach in the coming days, where the United Nations would receive the aid and coordinate its distribution in Gaza.

Last week, the Associated Press quoted the Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister, Constantinos Koumpos, as saying, “An American ship loaded with humanitarian aid left the port of Larnaca, heading to Gaza, in the first delivery to the newly built pier.”

This trip comes about two months after US President Joe Biden issued the order to build a large floating dock several miles off the coast of Gaza to be a launching pad for aid deliveries.

However, humanitarian workers say that the aid coming by sea will not be enough to alleviate the severe human suffering in Gaza, and that the most effective way is to deliver it by land.

As a result of the war launched by Israel on Gaza since October 7, which left tens of thousands of victims, and the restrictions imposed by Tel Aviv on the Strip, residents are suffering from “famine,” especially in the Gaza and North governorates, in light of the severe scarcity of food, water, medicine, and fuel supplies due to the blockade, especially with The pace of bombing and encirclement escalated as the Israeli army took control of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt last week.

The Israeli occupation has continued the war on Gaza since October 7, 2023, despite the issuance of a resolution by the UN Security Council to stop the fighting immediately, and also despite the International Court of Justice demanding immediate measures to prevent acts of “genocide” and improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.


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Two ships anchored near the American floating pier off the coast of Gaza