US defense secretary confirms last week\’s halt to shipment of ammunition to Israel

As Israel launches a new operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, US Defense Secretary Austin confirmed on Wednesday (8th) that it has suspended the delivery of weapons to Israel. He said that the suspension was a batch of military aid.

As Israel launches a new operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, US Defense Secretary Austin confirmed on Wednesday (8th) that it has suspended the delivery of weapons to Israel. He said that the suspension was a batch of military aid.
Austin told a U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that last week\’s suspension of a shipment of ammunition to Israel included 1,800 900-kilogram bombs and 1,700 bombs weighing 225 kilograms.
\”We didn\’t make any decisions, we pressed the pause button,\” Austin said.
” He pointed out that the suspension was a batch of weapons that the US government was evaluating military assistance to Israel.
Austin reiterated the United States\’ commitment to Israel\’s national security and its right to self-defense, but he also emphasized that he hopes to see Israel take measures to protect civilians in Gaza and conduct more precise military operations.
Israel\’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, said he did not believe the United States would stop supplying weapons to Israel, but Erdan called Washington\’s decision to suspend some arms shipments disappointing.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Operation Rafah would continue \”regardless of whether an armistice agreement is reached.\”
The Biden administration has repeatedly expressed opposition to an Israeli ground operation in Rafah unless there is a clear plan to protect the more than 1 million people there.
U.S. officials say Israel has not fully addressed our concerns.

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