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The Pentagon suspends aid deliveries to the Gaza pier due to unfavorable weather conditions

The Pentagon said Tuesday it had suspended the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza through the floating pier following the mishap that resulted in four U.S. military ships landing on the beach, a U.S. service member seriously injured and parts of the structure being torn off in bad weather.

The damage will require the U.S. military, with help from Israel, to dismantle portions of the pier attached to the Gazan shore, rebuild them in the nearby Israeli port of Ashdod, then transport them back to the Gazan shore and reconnect them, said Sabrina Singh, a Pentagon spokeswoman. The process will take at least a week and will temporarily end the pier as an option for delivering humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip as Israel continues its months-long military campaign against the Hamas militant group.