U.S. Military Forced To Halt Shipments On Biden’s Gaza Pier After It Falls Apart
An aerial view of a construction area as construction of the temporary port, to be built to ensure the entry of humanitarian aid to Gaza, still continues in Gaza City, Gaza on April 29, 2024.
U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)/Anadolu via Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Defense said on Tuesday that it has been forced to halt the use of President Joe Biden’s $320 million pier in Gaza because it has fallen apart.

Sabrina Singh, the Pentagon’s deputy press secretary, said at a press conference that the pier was “damaged and sections of the pier need rebuilding and repairing.”

She blamed the failure of the controversial project on “a perfect storm of high sea states” and “this North African weather system also came in at the same time.”

The U.S. Military will remove the pier from Gaza and bring it to Israel so it can be fixed and reconstructed, which is expected to take at least a week.

“I believe most of our soldiers were able to remain on the vessels and still are currently on them,” Singh claimed at the press confernce. “And … within the next 24 or 48 hours, the Israeli Navy will be helping push those vessels back and hopefully they’ll be fully operational by then.”

Video emerged of the pier sinking on Monday as a man speaking Hebrew could be heard laughing at Biden’s pier “sinking.”

“It’s simply disconnected and practically swamped,” the man said, according to NBC News.

The news comes after two U.S. Military vessels ran ashore in Gaza near the pier while two others washed up on Israeli beaches near Ashkelon over the weekend.

“Efforts to recover the vessels are under way with assistance from the Israeli Navy,” U.S. Central Command said in a statement. “The IDF is supporting the recovery efforts near the pier. No U.S. personnel will enter Gaza. No injuries have been reported and the pier remains fully functional.”

The pier has largely been a disappointment for the administration after it deployed a thousand U.S. service members to open it.


After a full week of operations, only 820 tons of aid was offloaded from the pier. Roughly a third of that aid was hijacked and stolen.

Three U.S. service members were injured last week during an operation supporting the transfer of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.

“On May 23, a U.S. service member sustained a non-combat related injury aboard USNS Benavidez (T-AKR 306) while in support of the humanitarian aid mission to Gaza,” a U.S. defense official said. “The service member was transported to a medical facility and is in critical condition at this time. More information will be provided as it becomes available.”

The two other injured service members reportedly sustained minor injuries.

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