Washington, D.C. - July 10, 2024 - The U.S. will soon begin shipping to Israel the 500-pound bombs that the Biden administration had previously suspended, ending a two-month pause it had imposed in a bid to reduce civilian casualties in Gaza, U.S. officials said.

The bombs “are in the process of being shipped,” and are expected to arrive in Israel in coming weeks, an administration official said. Heavier 2,000-pound bombs that were meant to be part of the same shipment are still on hold, the official added.

In May, the U.S. announced that it had held up one shipment that included 2,000-pound bombs and 500-pound bombs. Israel had already sent a ship to Charleston, S.C., to pick up the shipment before the decision was made, a U.S. official said.

President Biden’s decision to hold delivery of certain types of bombs marked an escalation of tensions between his administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his handling of the war in Gaza, where more than 38,000 Palestinians have been killed since last October, according to Palestinian officials. The figure doesn’t specify how many were combatants.... Read More: WSJ