Biden Sends More Troops To Gaza To Help Port Project

The Biden administration announced last week that it was sending additional forces to Gaza to help the humanitarian port project the president announced earlier this month. The announcement came amid considerable concern about involving the United States in the continuing conflict in the Middle East.

The Pentagon sent the MV Roy P. Benavidez from Virginia on its way to Gaza. Overall, there will be about 1,000 soldiers involved in the project to construct a temporary pier off of Gaza to help bring in aid.

The pier will be constructed by the 7th Transportation Brigade of the U.S. Army.

The new vessel will aid four Army ships headed to the region. The Pentagon said that the pier will be completed within two months of Biden’s announcement earlier this month.

The White House announced the plan prior to the president’s State of the Union address earlier this month.

The president said that the plan was to establish a temporary pier in the Mediterranean on the coast of Gaza that can receive large shipments carrying food, water, medicine and temporary shelter.”

Biden insisted that there will be “no U.S. boots will be on the ground. The temporary pier will enable a massive increase in the amount of humanitarian assistance getting into Gaza every day.”

The president also called for Israel to allow more humanitarian aid in the small territory.

The United States has also helped countries such as Jordan airdrop aid into Gaza.

Washington plans for the temporary pier to allow for hundreds of truckloads of aid to enter into the territory each day.

Biden made the announcement amid increasing pressure from Arab and Muslim American groups, as well as some on the political left.

The current conflict in the Middle East and eroding support for Biden among some demographic groups could spell trouble for the president in November’s election.

The conflict in the Middle East continues, including Israel exchanging fire with the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.