Pentagon chief says no signs Hamas planning to attack US troops, as Gaza aid pier built

A maritime pier being built by the US military off the coast of the Gaza Strip, in an image released on April 29, 2024. (CENTCOM)
A maritime pier being built by the US military off the coast of the Gaza Strip, in an image released on April 29, 2024. (CENTCOM)

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says he does not see any indication Hamas is planning an attack on US troops in Gaza but adds adequate measures are being put in place for the safety of military personnel.

“I don’t discuss intelligence information at the podium. But I don’t see any indications currently that there is an active intent to do that,” Austin says during a press briefing.

“Having said that … this is a combat zone and a number of things can happen, and a number of things will happen.”

A maritime pier constructed by the US military to speed the flow of humanitarian aid in Gaza should be open within a matter of days, despite poor weather hampering preparations, White House national security spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.

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