US plan to build a temporary pier in Gaza is a glaring distraction — MSF

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GENEVA — In a statement on Friday, Medicin Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) executive director Arvil Benoit stated that “The US plan for a temporary pier in Gaza to increase the flow of humanitarian aid is a glaring distraction from the real problem: Israel’s indiscriminate and disproportionate military campaign and punishing siege.”اضافة اعلان

The statement comes after an announcement from US President Joe Biden on March 7 for the US military to build a temporary pier on the coast of Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea to help deliver humanitarian aid.

Access roads already exist
Benoit added, “The food, water, and medical supplies so desperately needed by people in Gaza are sitting just across the border. Israel needs to facilitate rather than block the flow of supplies. This is not a logistics problem; it is a political problem. Rather than look to the US military to build a workaround, the US should insist on immediate humanitarian access using the roads and entry points that already exist.”

There is no time
Moreover, in a statement to Al-Jazeera on Friday, Jason Lee, country director for Save the Children for the occupied territory added “Children in Gaza cannot wait to eat. They are already dying from malnutrition, and saving their lives is a matter of hours or days — not weeks,” regarding the time it would take for the US to build the temporary pier.

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