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US military says it has reestablished Gaza pier, aid expected to resume within days

The US military said Friday that it reestablished the temporary pier built to deliver badly needed humanitarian aid into Gaza amid a monthslong Israeli bombardment of the enclave. Aid is expected to start flowing into Gaza via the US-built pier, which was damaged less than ten days after it was initially attached to the coastline, US officials said Friday. US Central Command (CENTCOM) Deputy Commander Vice Admiral Brad Cooper said US troops attached the temporary pier earlier in the day with the help of Israeli forces. “The policy of no US boots on the ground remains in effect,” he told reporters during a phone call. Ultimately, he said the goal is to get 500,000 pounds of aid to Gaza per day, adding that the US and the international community helping were moving with a “sense of urgency.” On the same call, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Partnerships Chris Mewett said non-food items were also being sent over the pier, but both officials stressed the pier was strictly for humanitarian purposes. “Food is not the only commodity being delivered via JLOTS,” he said when asked about the medical and housing needs of civilians in Gaza. The US stopped delivering aid using the pier after bad weather and high tides caused significant damage at the end of May. The pier was removed off the coast of Gaza and repaired at the Israeli port of Ashdod. Four Army vessels supporting the Gaza pier mission were also affected by heavy sea states. Alarabiya

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.