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Mortar Attack Targets US Humanitarian Project in Gaza, Raises Questions About Biden’s Middle East Policy

This week, an attack targeted American forces involved in constructing a humanitarian aid pier in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Gaza, causing President Joe Biden to reassess measures to protect US troops. The incident involved mortar fire from Palestinian terrorists, coinciding with a visit by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and United Nations representatives to the site.

The attackers struck while UN officials, adhering to IDF guidance, took shelter. The IDF condemned the attackers for jeopardizing humanitarian initiatives and risking UN workers’ lives, emphasizing that the violence undermines efforts to deliver aid to Gaza residents.

The UN confirmed the terrorist attack occurred during their inspection of the pier, which is part of a broader US-led initiative to facilitate increased humanitarian aid into Gaza. Despite no group claiming responsibility, a Hamas spokesperson asserted resistance to any foreign military involvement with the port project, highlighting the persistent threats in the region.

The attack underscores the volatile security situation in Gaza, complicating efforts to deliver US aid. The Department of Defense is monitoring the impact of the attack, which damaged the marshaling yard area designated for upcoming US aid shipments by sea.

President Biden, who announced the $200 million pier project last month, has stated that no US troops would be stationed on the ground, framing the initiative as crucial for boosting humanitarian aid delivery. However, the attack has sparked criticism over his administration’s handling of foreign policy in the Middle East, with critics arguing that it exposes humanitarian workers and US interests to increased danger.

Senator Roger Wicker, the leading Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the mission as “ill-conceived from the start,” highlighting the ongoing risks to American personnel and urging the administration to reconsider its strategy in the region.

This incident highlights the continued threats from terrorist groups in the Middle East and the complex challenges facing US foreign policy in ensuring the safety of its humanitarian missions and military personnel.