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    A US Ship With Equipment for Building a Pier Is on Its Way to Gaza as Part of a Plan to Ramp up Aid

    A US Ship With Equipment for Building a Pier Is on Its Way to Gaza as Part of a Plan to Ramp up Aid

    DEIR AL-BALAH, Strip (AP) — A U.S. Army vessel carrying equipment for building a temporary pier in Gaza was on its way to the Mediterranean on Sunday, three days after U.S. President Joe Biden announced plans to ramp up aid deliveries by sea to the besieged enclave where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been going hungry.

    The opening of the sea corridor, along with airdrops by the U.S., and others, showed increasing alarm over Gaza's humanitarian crisis and a new willingness to bypass Israeli control over land shipments.

    said it welcomed the sea deliveries and would inspect Gaza-bound cargo before it leaves a staging area in nearby . The daily number of aid trucks entering Gaza by land over the past five months has been far below the 500 that entered before the war because of Israeli restrictions and security issues.

    Biden has stepped up his public criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he believes Netanyahu is “hurting Israel more than helping Israel” in how he is approaching its war against Hamas in Gaza, now in its sixth month.

    Speaking Saturday to MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart, the president expressed support for Israel's right to pursue Hamas after the militants' Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel, but said that Netanyahu “must pay more attention to the innocent lives being lost as a consequence of the actions taken.” He added that “you cannot have…

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