WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — The U.S. military said Monday that it plans to stockpile humanitarian aid shipments on a beach in Gaza while the World Food Program considers security concerns within the region.

The U.N. World Food Program, which works with U.S. officials to transfer aid from the pier to warehouses and local relief teams in Gaza, tweeted Monday that the U.N. would conduct a security review to assess the safety of its staff in handling aid deliveries from the pier.

WFP head Cindy McCain had announced the temporary pause in a TV interview Sunday, in the aftermath of an Israeli operation Saturday that rescued four hostages but resulted in hundreds of civilians dead.

McCain also explained that two of WFP’s warehouses had been “rocketed” and a staffer injured.

Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, said there is enough space for aid to be stored in a secure holding area on the beach until agencies restart distribution into Gaza.

“It’s a pretty large area,” he told reporters. “I think we can continue to stockpile aid in the assembly area for onward distribution.”

President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. military to construct the pier in March, in hopes of offering out an alternative aid route as the fighting and Israeli restrictions sharply limit shipments through land borders.

But rough seas in the Mediterranean, insecurity within Gaza and a surge in fighting since early May mean the pier, completed in mid-May, has been able to operate for only about a week.

U.S. and international officials and private aid organizations say only a steady daily flow of hundreds of truck shipments through land borders can address the need for food and emergency aid in Gaza.

More than 1 million people there are facing famine and all 2.3 million are struggling for food.

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