Costly floating Gaza aid pier close to failure, UN says

The U.N. World Food Program said on May 21 the new U.S. $320 million pier project for delivering aid to Gaza may fail unless Israel starts ensuring the conditions the groups need to operate safely. The operation was halted for at least two days after crowds looted aid trucks coming from the port and one Palestinian man was killed.

Deliveries were stopped May 19 and May 20 after the majority of the trucks in an aid convoy May 18 were stripped of all their goods on the way to a warehouse in central Gaza, the WFP said. The first aid transported by sea had entered the besieged enclave on May 17.

The Pentagon said movement of aid from the secured area at the port resumed May 21, but the U.N. said it was not aware of any deliveries on May 21.

Previous ArticleNext Article