Pentagon says Gaza pier should be re-anchored by end of week, expected cost lowered to $230m

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows a pier installed by the US military in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Planet Labs PBC via AP)
This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows a pier installed by the US military in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, May 16, 2024. (Planet Labs PBC via AP)

The US Defense Department’s updated assessment of the US temporary pier off the coast of Gaza has lowered the expected cost of the project from $320 million to $230 million, Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh says.

“While assessments are ongoing, this estimate does include some of the costs associated with the repairs and rebuilding of the pier,” Singh says during a press briefing.

The Pentagon spokesperson says the US plans to re-anchor the pier back to the Gaza coast by the end of the week.

The pier was damaged and halted operations last month less than two weeks after it began operating due to extreme weather.

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