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Biden administration plans $1bn arms shipment to Israel

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Published Time: 15.05.2024 - 11:40:21 Modified Time: 15.05.2024 - 11:40:21

It is the first munitions shipment revealed since the US government put a bombs transfer on hold earlier this month JACK GUEZ/AFP The Biden administration has said it will send more than $1 billion in additional arms and ammunition to Israel

It is the first munitions shipment revealed since the US government put a bombs transfer on hold earlier this month

: JACK GUEZ/AFP

The Biden administration has said it will send more than $1 billion in additional arms and ammunition to Israel.

It is the first arms shipment to Israel to be revealed since the administration put another arms transfer, consisting of 3,500 bombs of up to 2,000 pounds each, on hold this month. 

The US government said it paused that bomb transfer to keep Israel from using those particular munitions in its offensive in the crowded southern Gaza city of Rafah, citing concern for civilians.

The package disclosed by three congressional aides includes about $700 million for tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles and $60 million in mortar rounds.

There was no immediate indication when the arms would be sent. Two congressional aides said the shipment is not part of the long-delayed foreign aid package that Congress passed and Joe Biden signed last month. It is not known if the shipment was the latest tranche from an existing arms sale or something new.

: Alex Brandon

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