US-built pier for Gaza humanitarian aid to be removed from coast for repairs


The US-built temporary pier taking humanitarian aid to the coast of Gaza will be to be repaired after getting damaged in rough seas and weather, the Pentagon said Tuesday. The pier will be pulled out and sent to the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, where US Central Command will repair it, the Pentagon said. Repairs will take “over a week” before the pier is anchored back into the beach in Gaza. Read our liveblog to see how all the day’s events unfolded.

This photo taken on April 26, 2024 by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) shows construction work on the US floating jetty in the Mediterranean Sea, to receive and deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. © CENTCOM via AFP

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  • Israeli tanks reached the centre of Rafah for the first time on Tuesday, witnesses said, as the bombardment of the southern Gazan area continued. 

  • Spain, Ireland and Norway will officially recognise a Palestinian state on Tuesday.

  • The UN Security Council was set to convene an emergency meeting Tuesday over an Israeli strike that killed dozens in a displaced persons camp in Rafah on Sunday night.

  • Gaza’s civil defence agency on Tuesday said an Israeli strike killed at least 21 people at a displacement camp west of the southern city of Rafah, days after a similar deadly strike sparked global outrage. Israel’s military later denied conducting a strike in the area, saying in a statement that “contrary to the reports from the last few hours, the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) did not strike in the Humanitarian Area in Al-Mawasi”.

  • At least 36,096 Palestinians have been killed and 81,136 wounded in Israel’s war in Gaza, according to the last official death toll given by the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry. Some 1,170 people were killed in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks and 250 people were taken hostage, according to Israeli figures, with 132 still missing.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron voiced outrage on Monday over deadly Israeli strikes on a tented camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah and called for an “immediate ceasefire” in the Gaza war.

  • The death toll from the Israeli strikes on a camp housing displaced Palestinians near Rafah rose to 45, according to Gaza’s health ministry. The Israeli military said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties. 

  • EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday said an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling telling Israel to stop its offensive in Gaza’s Rafah must be implemented.

  • Israel said Monday it had told Spain’s consulate in Jerusalem to stop offering consular services to Palestinians from June 1, as a “punitive” measure for Madrid’s recognition of a Palestinian state.

About casualty figures from Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry:

Gaza’s health ministry collects data from the enclave’s hospitals and the Palestinian Red Crescent. For more on the health ministry’s casualty figures, click here.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP & Reuters) 

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