Headline RoundupMay 28th, 2024

Choppy Sea Conditions Hamper US-Gaza Aid Delivery Efforts

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Choppy waters have hampered the U.S. military’s efforts to deliver aid to Gaza via the American-built $320 million floating pier approved by the Biden administration earlier this year.

The Details: On Saturday, part of the pier’s support system was broken off, and the four American ships stabilizing it were washed away. Two ships beached in Israel near Ashdod, while the other two dropped anchor on the beach near the pier. Israel said it would assist the U.S. in recovering its ships beached near Ashdod, and the U.S. has maintained that no U.S. military personnel will enter Gaza. No injuries were sustained and the Pentagon said the pier remains fully functional.

For Context: The pier’s construction has been a point of contention and debate as the Biden administration tries to navigate the nuanced political sentiments surrounding the war in Gaza. Last week, Reuters (Center bias) reported that aid flow was halted after a majority of shipments were being stolen.

How The Media Covered It: The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) noted that the Pentagon said “little relief has reached Palestinians in the besieged strip.” The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) referred to the pier as “the centerpiece of the Biden administration’s efforts to boost aid to the Palestinian enclave.” Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) noted criticism of the pier as a “complicated and costly alternative that tries to deflect attention from demanding a much simpler solution” where Israel would open land borders for aid delivery.

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