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Pentagon working on alternate route for Gaza aid

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) — The Department of Defense said Tuesday that it is working on a Plan B to get humanitarian aid into Gaza after supplies bound for the besieged enclave — through a U.S.-built pier — were intercepted this weekend.

“There have been discussions between the U.S, Israel, United Nations, as well as joint efforts to identify alternative routes for the safe movement of staff and cargo,” Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

Asked if any of the 569 metric tons of aid that have been delivered to the pier has reached the Palestinian people, Ryder responded: “As of today, I do not believe so.”

In March, President Joe Biden directed the U.S. military to install a floating pier, which is expected to cost $320 million, to ferry food, water and makeshift shelters to the dock on the Gaza coast, and then driven into the war-ravaged territory by non-U.S. contractors. The United Nations World Food Program will facilitate the flow of aid once it leaves the pier. Biden said no American boots will be on the ground during the operation.

Despite setbacks due to bad weather, the temporary pier anchored to the Gaza shoreline at about 7:40 a.m. local time Thursday, according to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Trucks carrying humanitarian assistance were expected to begin moving ashore “in the coming days,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

The United Nations warned that famine is “imminent” in northern Gaza as 1.1 million people — half of the population — are experiencing “catastrophic” levels of hunger.

While U.S. officials said that the expectation is to bring between 90 to 150 trucks filled with aid into Gaza daily, logistics remain a challenge.

“Some of that initial aid that was brought in, as it was being taken along a transportation route, was intercepted by some people, who, you know, took that aid off those vehicles,” Ryder said. “Fully appreciating the desperation, but also fully appreciating the fact that it is very important that this aid get to the people who need it most. That’s going to continue to be the focus. So I understand, you know, the focus on why is this not working, why is that not working, or why is that not working, but what we’re focused on is how we can work to ensure that the Palestinian people get the aid.”

A United Nations spokesperson tells NewsNation that in the past seven months of war in Gaza, this type of interception is not an isolated incident and has previously happened with various shipments of supplies.

“Many of these people risk their lives based on the fact that they don’t know whether or not they will see another truck in the near future,” said Shaza Moghraby, a World Food Program spokesperson in New York, noting that once deliveries become more consistent, these types of risks should be minimized.

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Is it too soon for an exhibit about the massacre at the Nova Music Festival, or is it just the right time?

It’s hard to imagine a curated version of all this sadness.

When I first heard about The Nova Music Festival Exhibition, I could barely imagine what such an installation might look like. Designed as an “in-depth remembrance” of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack in Southern Israel, I was skeptical about how to remember an event that doesn’t feel like it’s part of the past. Can objects just seven months old even be considered artifacts?

The exhibit, currently showing on Wall Street, commemorates the massacre at the Nova Music Festival, which was held 3.1 miles from Gaza on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. An estimated 44 festivalgoers were kidnapped and at least 360 were killed, accounting for nearly a third of the roughly 1,200 murdered in Israel that day. The exhibit does not include information about the attacks on the nearby kibbutzim or Hamas’ accompanying rocket barrage, nor does it address the ruthless war that has raged on since then.

As the festival’s trance music played, I scrolled through final WhatsApp messages sent to loved ones and touched sleeping bags still unzipped and unfurled. I opened the bullet-shot doors of porta-potties and wondered if there was any chance somebody could have survived in there. I crept around the makeshift festival stage to view incinerated cars which were arranged upside down and sideways as they were found. At tables labeled “Lost and Found,” I combed through house keys and glasses, and overflowing piles of shoes reminiscent of exhibits I’d visited about the Holocaust.

After you enter through airport-level security (they confiscated my mini-bottle of hand sanitizer), the first thing you see is a short video clip of the festival prior to the attack: the happiness and dancing, the youthfulness and innocence.

From there, it’s chaos. Entering the recreated festival grounds, you lose track of where to look. At every corner of the room, screens are playing graphic videos and audio: young couples saying goodbye to each other and to their parents; Hamas militants on the phone with each other; family members who lost their spouses and children; rescuers vividly detailing the sights and smells of the scenes they searched through.

The installation displays victims’ personal belongings left at the festival grounds on Oct. 7. Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images for The Nova Music Festival Exhibition

A group of survivors, including Ofir Amir, are on the scene, and they chat with museumgoers throughout. Amir, whose wife was nine months pregnant at the time but not at the festival, was shot in both of his legs. The final rooms feature a dedicated memorial for those killed, and a table where viewers can write notes on paper or on stones, typical of the Jewish mourning custom. By the exit doors, the last thing viewers see is a neon sign promising, “We will dance again.”

Subtitled “6:29 a.m.: The Moment Music Stood Still,” the exhibit opened in Tel Aviv where it ran for 10 weeks, and is now in New York until June 16. The installation’s founders include Israeli survivors as well as U.S. partners like music executive Scooter Braun and entrepreneur Joe Teplow. The UJA-Federation of New York donated more than $800,000 for its construction.

Braun, in particular, has a history of commemorating music’s most tragic moments. As Ariana Grande’s manager during the terror attack at her concert in Manchester, England, which killed 22 and injured more than 100 attendees, he raised more than $12 million and organized a benefit concert.

“I think the events of Nova are not only being forgotten, they’re being ignored,” Braun told CBS Sunday Morning, comparing the divisive aftermath of the Nova festival with how, in his view, the world came together after Manchester.

In his Instagram post announcing his partnership with Nova’s founders, Braun wrote, “I knew they deserved better than what the world was showing them. People need to understand it could have been any of us, at any festival. Music must remain a safe place.”

The museum’s interactive and realistic design effectively imparts that understanding. It reminds you of what music feels like — the sense of community among strangers, the brief and hopeful moments when the world feels like an OK place — and then it breaks your heart. Among the great tragedies is the one which reminds us that the wide-eyed Israelis who attended the trance music festival would have been among the most likely to criticize their government now leading the war.

With each deadly moment, it’s challenging to hold onto all of the pieces of this war at once. 6:29 a.m. is an appropriate time to start.

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Israel publishes new civilian death toll in Gaza

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Определились пары ЧМ по хоккею, которые сыграют в четвертьфинале

Состоятся матчи Канада — Словакия, Швейцария — Германия, Чехия — США, Финляндия — Швеция.

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Iran blames US sanctions for crash that killed President Raisi

(NewsNation) — Funeral ceremonies are underway for Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Tuesday as the country’s leadership faces an uncertain future of political and economic strain.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s administration is stressing the U.S. is not responsible for the helicopter crash that led to the deaths of Raisi and several others on board.

National Security Council coordinator John Kirby told reporters, “It is ridiculous that Iran would try to blame the U.S.” after Iranian officials said U.S. sanctions on aviation parts were the cause of the crash.

There is also a chance Iran could blame Israel along with the U.S.

Just a few weeks ago, Israel killed top Iranian military commanders in Syria, sparking retaliation from Iran. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Monday the U.S. had no part to play but that he wouldn’t speak on behalf of Israel.

“We continue to monitor the situation, but we don’t have any insights into the cause of the accident at this point, and certainly, I know the Iranians are investigating or will investigate, and so we’ll see what the outcome is once their investigation is complete. In terms of our force posture, I don’t have any announcements to make,” Austin said.

This comes after the Biden administration faced blowback for comments Monday offering “official condolences” for Raisi’s death. This raised some eyebrows as the two countries have been adversaries for years, and the U.S. previously said the president brutally repressed the Iranian people for four decades.

Kirby said the condolences are a “typical practice” that the U.S. generally regrets the loss of life but acknowledges that Raisi had blood on his hands. The State Department also said it made clear in a statement that the U.S. supports the Iranian people.

However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the administration’s response, saying, “I suspect many Iranians would rather Western admirers stop ionizing a man known as the ‘Butcher of Tehran’ for executing political prisoners.”

Iran also asked the U.S. for assistance in recovery efforts after the helicopter crash. While the U.S. said it was willing to assist, the State Department said Monday that it was unable to due to logistical concerns.

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Нетаньяху намекнул на планы долгосрочного военного контроля над Газой

Премьер-министр Израиля объявил об «устойчивой демилитаризации Газы» после победы над ХАМАС.

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Россиян предупредили о росте цен на чай

Летом чай в российских магазинах подорожает на 5–10%, заявил «Газете.Ru» доктор экономических наук, профессор Финансового университета при правительстве РФ Юрий Шедько. По его словам, на ценах скажется рост затрат на логистику, в том числе значительное увеличение стоимости контейнерных перевозок, а также инфляция. Кроме того, на них может повлиять урожайность плантаций, курс валют и экономическая ситуация в стране.

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Муфтий Москвы выступил против запрета на ношение никаба

Ильдар Аляутдинов назвал такую меру нарушением Конституции.

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Госсекретарь США Блинкен позлорадствовал над гибелью президента Ирана Раиси

Глава Госдепа заявил, что «иранскому народу стало лучше от гибели лидера страны».