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U.S. Army began constructing a floating pier off Gaza’s coast


U.S. Army engineers yesterday began building a floating pier off the coast of Gaza that could help relief workers deliver up to two million meals a day, Defense Department officials said.

The pier is meant to allow humanitarian aid to bypass Israeli restrictions on land convoys into the besieged strip. But aid workers and defense officials said that the maritime project is not an adequate substitute for more overland aid.

Defense officials expected the project to be completed early next month. Experts have said that famine is likely to set in within Gaza by the end of May.

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