Headline RoundupMay 30th, 2024

US-Built Gaza Aid Pier Questioned Amid Structural Issues, Looting

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A U.S.-built pier in Gaza, designed to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinians, is being questioned amid looting and structural issues. Pieces of the pier have been moved north for repairs that will take at least a week.

Key Details: Strong winds and heavy seas broke apart the T-shaped floating structure just a week after it became operational. In addition, the 569 metric tons of aid that did make it to the beaches of Gaza were reportedly looted when NGOs tried to distribute it.

Key Quote: “Nobody said at the outset that it was going to be a panacea for all the humanitarian assistance problems that still exist in Gaza,” national security spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday.

For Context: The $320 million project was announced by President Biden during his State of the Union address on March 7th.

How the Media Covered It: Some left-rated outlets framed the pier's ineffectiveness more as a result of bad weather and Israel's ongoing military operations in Gaza. Right-rated sources more often highlighted examples of aid being stolen as evidence that the pier was a mistake.

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