France Warns Israel of Military Action in Lebanon

Newly appointed French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stephane Sejourne arrives to attend the first weekly meeting of the French Council of Ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 12, 2024. (Reuters)
Newly appointed French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stephane Sejourne arrives to attend the first weekly meeting of the French Council of Ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 12, 2024. (Reuters)
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France Warns Israel of Military Action in Lebanon

Newly appointed French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stephane Sejourne arrives to attend the first weekly meeting of the French Council of Ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 12, 2024. (Reuters)
Newly appointed French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stephane Sejourne arrives to attend the first weekly meeting of the French Council of Ministers after a cabinet reshuffle at the Elysee Palace in Paris on January 12, 2024. (Reuters)

France’s Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne delivered a direct message from President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Israel, asserting France's pivotal role in any prospective political solution in Lebanon, according to the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday.
Tensions flared during the meeting between Sejourne and Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, primarily over concerns regarding Lebanon and the hostages in Gaza.
The Arab World Press noted France's failure to provide evidence confirming the delivery of medicines to Israeli hostages in Gaza.
Sejourne issued a warning in response to Katz's declaration that time is running out for a diplomatic solution in southern Lebanon, with Israel prepared to take military action to repatriate evacuated residents.
He cautioned that France would take military measures in Lebanon to safeguard approximately 20,000 French nationals residing there in the event of conflict with Hezbollah.
Sejourne's visit to Israel included a series of high-level political meetings.
Katz urged Sejourne to pressure Qatar for evidence that medications reached hostages in Gaza.
In mid-January, France and Qatar were part of a deal to purchase and send medication to Israeli hostages held in Gaza, but Israel has not been able to verify that they reached the captives.
Unnamed sources revealed that the French Foreign Minister reiterated his country's ongoing endeavors on the matter, stressing that if the medications did not reach the hostages, there would be "grave repercussions," as per reports from the broadcasting authority.



US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
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US Military Pier Operations in Gaza Suspended after Piece Breaks Off

US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)
US Navy personnel construct a JLOTS, which stands for "Joint Logistics Over-the Shore" temporary pier which will provide a ship-to-shore distribution system to help deliver humanitarian aid into Gaza, in an undated handout picture in the Mediterranean Sea. (US Central Command/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)

A part of the US military's pier off Gaza has broken off, rendering it temporarily inoperable, two US officials said, in the latest blow to efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said bad weather was believed to be the reason that the part had broken off. They did not say how big the part was or speculate on how long it would take for the pier to resume operations.

The pier was announced by US President Joe Biden in March and involved the military assembling the floating structure off the coast. Estimated to cost $320 million for the first 90 days and involve about 1,000 US service members, it went into operation two weeks ago.

Since the pier began operations, the United Nations has transported 137 trucks of aid from the pier - the equivalent of 900 metric tons - said a UN World Food Program (WFP) spokesperson.