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US to Send 500-Pound Bombs to Israel


Thu 11 Jul 2024 | 11:25 AM
Israa Farhan

The United States will resume the shipment of 500-pound bombs to Israel, according to an American official on Wednesday.

This decision comes after a temporary halt due to concerns over the use of larger munitions in Gaza.

While shipments of 500-pound bombs will continue, the delivery of 2,000-pound bombs remains on hold due to fears about their potential impact in the densely populated Gaza Strip.

The official clarified that the primary concern has been the end-use of the 2,000-pound bombs, particularly in light of Israel's recent military actions in Rafah, which are now stated to be concluding.

The decision to resume the 500-pound bombs is part of routine military support, ensuring that Israel's defense capabilities are maintained without escalating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The US has been a longstanding ally of Israel, providing significant military aid and support.

This relationship includes the transfer of various munitions and defense systems, aimed at ensuring Israel's security amidst ongoing regional tensions.

Recent escalations in Gaza have heightened international scrutiny over the use of heavy weaponry in civilian areas.

Israel's military operations, particularly in Rafah, have drawn significant attention due to the humanitarian impact and the resulting displacement of civilians.

The US-Israel military cooperation dates back to the 1960s, solidifying through various conflicts and peace efforts in the Middle East.

The provision of munitions, such as the 500-pound and 2,000-pound bombs, is part of a broader strategy to maintain Israel's qualitative military edge in the region.

However, the use of such weaponry in densely populated areas like Gaza has raised concerns among human rights organizations and international bodies.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has led to substantial civilian casualties and destruction, prompting calls for more stringent controls on military aid.