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A local soldier remains in critical condition after being injured on Gaza pier

A truck on the roll-on/roll-off discharge facility where one solider was critically injured off the coast of Gaza.
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A truck on the roll-on/roll-off discharge facility where one solider was critically injured off the coast of Gaza.

A soldier with the 7th Army Transportation Brigade based out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis was flown from Israel to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas, after being injured on a mobile pier in Gaza in May, according to a military official.

The soldier was flown to Texas with his family. He is part of the U.S. mission to build and operate the pier to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza, who face starvation.

So far, the Pentagon has not released the name of the soldier.

He was injured May 23 on the floating dock, with two other soldiers. The two other soldiers have returned to duty.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. It is non-combat related, according to U.S. Central Command.

The unit left Virginia in March and spent roughly a month at sea before arriving in Gaza. The operation delivered food for roughly a week before high seas broke apart the pier, which was attached to the beach in Gaza.

The pieces are being reassembled in the nearby Israeli port of Ashdod. The Pentagon expects to reattach the pier and resume deliveries later in the week.

The pier was expected to deliver 90 truckloads of humanitarian aid a day, rising to 150 total truckloads a day. So far, the military operation has struggled to reach those goals.

Critics of the operation, including international aid organizations, have declared that even at peak capacity, the mobile pier cannot provide nearly enough to prevent famine in Gaza.

The UN World Food Program has urged the Israeli government to allow more humanitarian relief in by land.

Steve joined WHRO in 2023 to cover military and veterans. Steve has extensive experience covering the military and working in public media, most recently at KPBS in San Diego, WYIN in Gary, Indiana and WBEZ in Chicago. In the early 2000s, he embedded with members of the Indiana National Guard in Kuwait and Iraq. Steve reports for NPR’s American Homefront Project, a national public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Steve is also on the board of Military Reporters & Editors.

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