U.S. approves shipment of 500-pound bombs to Israel after pause

(MENAFN) A US official has confirmed that the Biden administration has lifted a temporary halt on the shipment of 500-pound bombs to Israel, which was implemented over two months ago, as reported by CNN. Initially, the decision to suspend shipments of both 2,000-pound and 500-pound bombs stemmed from US concerns regarding Israel's use of heavier munitions, particularly the larger 2,000-pound bombs, during military operations in Rafah.

President Biden addressed these concerns in an interview with CNN, expressing regret over civilian casualties in Gaza resulting from the use of 2,000-pound bombs. While the United States did not have reservations about Israel deploying 500-pound bombs in densely populated areas, shipments often included a mix of munitions, leading to the temporary halt affecting both bomb types.

According to a US official, the assembly process of these shipments sometimes results in different munitions being bundled together inadvertently. In this case, although the concern primarily centered on the potential use of 2,000-pound bombs, the 500-pound bombs were also temporarily affected due to their inclusion in the shipments.

The US official clarified that since the primary concern did not pertain to the 500-pound bombs, their shipment has resumed as part of routine procedures. The decision to greenlight the shipment of 500-pound bombs to Israel was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, indicating a resolution to the temporary halt amid ongoing geopolitical tensions and humanitarian considerations in the region. 



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