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US Stalls Bombs to Israel


President Joe Biden yesterday said if Israel launched a full-scale invasion of Rafah in Gaza, the US would stop supplying bombs and other weapons. The announcement came after the Pentagon yesterday revealed it had stalled a shipment of bombs to Israel last week, the first such delay since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. The shipment holds 3,500 munitions, divided roughly evenly between 2,000- and 500-pound bombs. The White House had called Israel's actions in Rafah this week a limited operation, falling short of the full-scale invasion it has warned against.


The Biden administration is also due to deliver a verdict this week on whether Israel has violated US and international law requiring foreign beneficiaries of US military aid to provide protections for civilians and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. The investigation began in February at the behest of Democratic lawmakers pressuring the Biden administration to withhold US weapons from Israel until the determination is made.


Separately, Israel yesterday said it had reopened its Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza, closed earlier this week after a Hamas rocket attack. US and UN officials say aid has not yet passed through the crossing. Meanwhile, battles continue between Israeli and Hamas forces in eastern Rafah. See war updates here.

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