Headline RoundupMay 16th, 2024

US Military Docks Temporary Pier Off the Coast of Gaza to Deliver Aid

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A temporary pier was anchored off the coast of Gaza on Thursday to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Key Quote: United States Central Command released a statement reading, “Today at approximately 7:40 a.m. (Gaza time) United States Central Command personnel supporting the humanitarian mission to deliver additional humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians in need anchored a temporary pier to the beach in Gaza. As part of this effort, no U.S. troops entered Gaza. Trucks carrying humanitarian assistance are expected to begin moving ashore in the coming days.”

For Context: Getting aid into Gaza, where food insecurity is reportedly at crisis levels, has proved difficult since Israel began its incursion into Gaza. The plan for the pier has faced pushback as politicians raise concerns about the safety of U.S. troops operating the pier and aid workers question if the pier will be able to provide enough aid to make a significant impact.

How the Media Covered It: The New York Times (Lean Left bias) reported that Israel “has long opposed a seaport for Gaza, saying it would pose a security threat,” while The Hill (Center bias) reported that the U.S. military “has worked closely with the IDF to come up with a security plan, and that Israel has been a supportive partner in the process.” The Daily Mail (Right bias) reported on a shipment of aid from the United Kingdom expected to reach the pier in the next few days.

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