Wednesday 15 November 2023 - 20:48

US Media: Washington Quietly Ramps Up Weapons Transfers to “Israel” Amid Gaza War

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US Media: Washington Quietly Ramps Up Weapons Transfers to “Israel” Amid Gaza War
The American news outlet Bloomberg said in a report published on Wednesday that the Pentagon had “quietly” ramped up military aid to the “Israeli” entity by delivering more laser-guided missiles for the regime’s Apache gunship fleet as well as bunker-buster munitions, 155mm shells, night-vision devices, and new army vehicles.

“As of late October, for example, all 36,000 rounds of 30mm cannon ammunition, 1,800 of the requested M141 bunker-buster munitions and at least 3,500 night-vision devices were delivered,” the report said.

Citing an internal US War Department list, the news outlet said, “The arms are already being shipped or the ‘Defense’ Department is working to make them available from stockpiles in the US and Europe.”

The Pentagon has so far declined to comment on the report, but it said in a statement that it was “leveraging several avenues – from internal stocks to US industry channels – to ensure ‘Israel’ has the means to defend itself.”

The statement said the assistance would be provided on a “near-daily basis,” and that the US was rapidly supplying the entity with precision-guided munitions, small-diameter bombs, 155mm artillery shells and other munitions in addition to Iron Dome interceptors and medical support equipment.

The damning report comes as the “Israeli” entity continues to bombard the besieged Gaza Strip, with rights advocates having urged Washington, which annually gives Tel Aviv $3.8bn in military assistance, to stop providing unequivocal support to the apartheid “Israeli” regime and end its weapons transfers.

In a letter on Monday, more than 30 relief organizations wrote to Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin to dissuade him from sending the “Israeli” entity the 155mm shells over the extent of their “collateral damage”.

“In Gaza, one of the world’s most densely populated places, 155mm artillery shells are inherently indiscriminate,” the organizations said. “These munitions are unguided and have a high error radius,” as they often land 25 meters away from the intended target.

The “Israeli” entity waged the brutal war on Gaza on October 7 after Palestinian resistance groups launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against the occupying entity.

Since the start of the war, the Tel Aviv regime has claimed the lives of at least 11,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and left upwards of 29,000 others wounded.

The “Israeli” regime has also imposed a “complete siege” on the coastal sliver, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there in abject misery.