Aid starts entering Gaza through land after US ‘floating pier’ damaged by weather

close ‘Ridiculous’ to continue sending aid to Gaza, only helps our enemies: Garrett Exner Video

‘Ridiculous’ to continue sending aid to Gaza, only helps our enemies: Garrett Exner

Hudson Institute adjunct fellow Garrett Exner and Israel Consul General to the Pacific Southwest Israel Bachar join ‘Fox News @ Night’ to discuss U.S. officials acknowledging little aid has reached Gaza civilians.

Aid began flowing into the Gaza Strip from southern Israel on Sunday, after a U.S.-made "floating pier" on the Mediterranean Sea was damaged by weather.

The new aid deployment is flowing through southern Israel due to disagreements with Egypt. The IDF has taken over the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing, which has typically been used for transporting aid throughout the conflict.

Egypt closed its side of the border when Israel took control of the Gazan side of the crossing, and says it will not reopen it until Palestinians are granted control.

Hundreds of aid trucks traveled through Israel's Kerem Shalom crossing this weekend, but United Nations workers say they have had difficulty accessing the aid due to heavy fighting nearby.

The aid has become even more vital thanks to damage to the U.S.-built "floating pier" on Gaza's coast. Choppy seas detached four vessels that had been stabilizing the pier this weekend.

US MILITARY CONSTRUCTS HULKING METAL PIER AMID BIDEN'S $320 MILLION GAMBLE TO GET AID INTO GAZA

Trucks loaded with humanitarian aid from the United Arab Emirates and the United States Agency for International Development cross the Trident Pier before entering the beach in Gaza, May 17, 2024. The Pier has since been damaged by choppy seas.

Two of the boats floated northward and landed on a beach in Ashdod, Israel, while the two others remain anchored at the beach near the pier, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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"Efforts to recover the vessels are under way with assistance from the Israeli Navy," U.S. Central Command said.

The U.S. spent roughly $320 million constructing the pier, which has been a conduit for aid from the U.S. and other countries. While the pier has been used to transfer roughly 569 metric tons of aid into Gaza, none of that aid had been delivered to Palestinians as of last week, the Pentagon confirmed.

Aid began flowing into Gaza from southern Israel on Sunday after a U.S.-made "floating pier" on the Mediterranean Sea was damaged by weather.

Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, who serves as Pentagon press secretary, confirmed the aid delay in a statement to reporters on Tuesday.

Roughly 1,000 U.S. soldiers have been engaged in the effort to build the pier. Both the U.S. and Israel have emphasized that no U.S. troops have entered Gaza during the operation, but three U.S. troops were injured in accidents during operations on the pier over the past week.

GROWING CONTROVERSY OVER BIDEN'S GAZA PIER FUELS CONCERNS OVER COST, SECURITY

Gaza pier

Palestinians gather in the hope of obtaining aid delivered into Gaza through a U.S.-built pier, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as seen from central Gaza Strip. (REUTERS/Ramadan Abed/File Photo)

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The U.S. says the pier remains mostly operational despite the damage sustained this weekend. The Israeli navy is assisting in efforts to recover the two vessels that washed ashore in Ashdod, the Journal reported.

Anders Hagstrom is a reporter with Fox News Digital covering national politics and major breaking news events. Send tips to Anders.Hagstrom@Fox.com, or on Twitter: @Hagstrom_Anders.

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