Biden plans to send $1bn arms shipment to Israel

The White House has told Congress it wants to send more than $1bn (£800m) in new weapons to Israel. This comes despite the US being opposed to a full-scale invasion by the Israeli military on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

It said last week it had paused a shipment of bombs to Israel over concerns civilians would be killed if used in densely populated areas.

The new package, confirmed by US media, must still be approved by lawmakers.

It would include $700m in tank ammunition, $500m in tactical vehicles and $60m in mortar rounds, according to the Associated Press news agency. On Tuesday, Israeli tanks advanced deeper into residential areas in the south-east of the Gazan city. Last month, Congress passed a bill providing $95bn in aid to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan.

A US state department report last week found that some American-made weapons provided to Israel may have been used in breach of international law.



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