Joe Biden confirms plans to build temporary port on Gaza coast but insists there will be ‘no US boots on the ground’

The US military will establish a temporary port on the Gaza coast to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to the beleaguered territory, Joe Biden has said.

In his State of the Union address, the US president said the “temporary pier” will be able to “receive large ships carrying food, water, medicine and temporary shelters”.

And he insisted “no US boots will be on the ground”.

“This temporary pier would enable a massive increase in the amount of humanitarian assistance getting into Gaza every day,” he said.

“But Israel must also do its part.

“Israel must allow more aid into Gaza and ensure that humanitarian workers aren’t caught in the crossfire.”

An Israeli government spokesperson told Sky’s The World with Yalda Hakim they welcomed their “allies’ support in getting more aid to the people that need it” and insisted there were “no limits on the amount of aid that can go into Gaza”.

The port is expected to take a number of weeks to plan and execute.