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Vessels used for delivering aid to Gaza via U.S.-built pier run aground in Ashdod. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

An Israeli solider sits near vessels, used for delivering aid to Palestinians via a new U.S.-built pier in Gaza, that got stuck after they ran aground, on the Mediterranean coast in Ashdod, Israel May 25, 2024. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Vessels Used For Delivering Aid To Gaza Via U.S.-Built Pier Run Aground

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May 25, 2024

TAMPA, May 25 (Reuters) – Heavy seas battered the U.S. maritime humanitarian mission to Gaza on Saturday, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said, with four vessels serving a floating aid delivery pier breaking free from their moorings.

No injuries were reported and the aid pier remains fully functional, CENTCOM said in a statement, adding that no U.S. personnel would enter Gaza.

Two of the affected vessels were now anchored on the beach near the pier and the other two were beached on the coast of Israel near Ashkelon, CENTCOM said, adding that efforts to recover the vessels were under way with assistance from the Israeli Navy.

(Reporting by Adam MakaryEditing by Frances Kerry)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2024.

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