US will send munitions to Israel to support it in war against Palestine: Pentagon

Israeli military deployed naer Al-Aqsa. [File Photo]

The US will provide munitions and equipment to Israel and boost American forces in the Middle East in response to the attacks by Palestinian soldiers, the Pentagon said on Sunday.

“The US government will be rapidly providing the Israel Defense Forces with additional equipment and resources, including munitions,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement, as per IANS.

On Saturday US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant to convey his condolences.

“Secretary Austin made clear to Minister Gallant his ironclad support for the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israeli people. Austin has directed his team to ensure that DoD is closely consulting with all of our Allies and partners. He will continue to consult with Minister Gallant in the coming days and weeks to ensure that Israel has the support it needs,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

Reiterating support for Israel, Austin’s detailed statement on Sunday went on to say: “My thoughts continue to be with the people of Israel. Today, in response to this Hamas attack on Israel, and following detailed discussions with President Biden, I have directed several steps to strengthen Department of Defense posture in the region to bolster regional deterrence efforts.

Pertinently, the ongoing conflict in Palestine escalated following retaliatory attacks by Hamas soldiers on Israel, triggered by the perceived occupation crimes committed by Israeli forces across Palestinian territories.

Subsequently, Israel launched a fierce military campaign, resulting in brutal attacks on Palestinian civilians. Reports emerged of the use of banned chemical weapons, specifically the ‘white-phosphorus bomb,’ on Palestinian civilians, causing significant concern among international observers.

Within less than two days, the violence in Gaza claimed the lives of approximately 400 people, underscoring the urgent need for a ceasefire and international intervention to prevent further loss of life and suffering.

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