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Biden is sending more ammunition to Israel worth a billion dollars, according to officials in…

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US Congressional aides said weapons and munitions to be sent to Israel include about $700 million for tank ammunition, $500 million for tactical vehicles and $60 million for mortars. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the arms transfer, which has not yet been announced.

Three US Congressional aides said that the Joe Biden administration has informed key lawmakers that it will send more than $1 billion in additional weapons and ammunition to Israel, but it was not immediately known when the weapons would be delivered.

This is the first arms shipment to Israel that has been detected since the US administration suspended another arms transfer, consisting of 3,500 bombs, each weighing up to 2,000 pounds, this month. The Biden administration, citing concern for civilian casualties in Gaza, said it had halted the transfer of those bombs to prevent Israel from using those particular munitions in its attack on the city of Rafah, crowded with displaced Palestinians in southern Gaza.

The Biden administration has been criticized for its military support for Israel’s seven-month-long war against the Palestinians in Gaza, at a time when Biden is fighting his re-election battle against former President Donald Trump.

Some Democrats have pushed Biden to limit transfers of assault weapons to Israel, to protect Palestinian civilians, after protests on college campuses across the United States delivered that message this spring.

On the other hand, Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce a bill this week to authorize the delivery of assault weapons to Israel.

Although the bomb shipment was suspended once, Biden and US administration officials made it clear that they would continue to deliver other weapons and comprehensive military support to Israel, which is the largest recipient of US military aid.

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