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US Moves Warships to the Mediterranean to Deter Israel-Lebanon War

The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp entered the eastern Mediterranean Sea last week as the US positions warships to try to keep fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon from escalating into a wider war in the Middle East.

While the Wasp has the capability to assist in the evacuation of civilians if full-scale war breaks out between Israel and the Iranian-backed militant group along the Lebanon border, that is not the primary reason it was rotated in, a US official said. “It’s about deterrence,” the official said.

A second US official said the rotation is similar to the US sending the USS Bataan assault ship into the waters around Israel shortly after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack, with the vessel remaining for months in the eastern Mediterranean to help provide options and try to contain the conflict. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive operational details.

Further, US officials said on Friday, June 28, according to American media, that the pier built by the US military to bring aid to Gaza has been removed again due to weather conditions in order to protect it, and the US is considering not re-installing it unless aid begins flowing out into the population again. (YNet / VFI News)

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