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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Israel-Gaza crisis: US resupplies Israel with grenades and mortar rounds from War Reserve Stockpile

An Israeli reserve soldier makes a wall with the Star of David from cardboard mortar shell boxes near the Israel Gaza border, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
An Israeli reserve soldier makes a wall with the Star of David from cardboard mortar shell boxes near the Israel Gaza border, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Used artillery shells litter the ground on the morning of July 28, 2014 near Kafar Azza, Israel.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Used artillery shells litter the ground on the morning of July 28, 2014 near Kafar Azza, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The United States has released arms to Israel to resupply it with 40mm grenades and 120mm mortar rounds from an American-owned munitions stockpile amid the ongoing assault on Gaza.

US military command in Europe, EUCOM, has maintained the $1 billion weapons stockpile inside Israel officially known as War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel (WRSA-I) for emergencies.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral Kirby said on Wednesday: “The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to US national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability,” said

“This defense sale is consistent with those objectives.”

The Israeli military requested the additional ammunition on 20 July.

The US is also providing other kinds of ammunition as part of the sale, but officials did not provide details on types or quantities sought, or the value of the transaction.

According to a Congressional report in April the WRSA-I stockpile includes includes missiles, armoured vehicles and artillery ammunition.

The US allowed Tel Aviv to use the same stockpile during Israel's 33-day war on Lebanon in 2006.

Last year Washington sent $3.1 billion in military aid to Israel.

More than 1,400 Palestinians, 220 of them children, have been killed in Gaza since the Israeli bombardment began on July 8. In contrast, 56 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

Palestinian freelance photographer Motaz Al Salhy, center, accompanied by colleagues, cries as he holds the bloodied helmet of his friend, freelance cameraman Rami Rayan, who was killed while working, in an Israeli strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood outside the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa hospital, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian freelance photographer Motaz Al Salhy, center, accompanied by colleagues, cries as he holds the bloodied helmet of his friend, freelance cameraman Rami Rayan, who was killed while working, in an Israeli strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood outside the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa hospital, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, wait to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, wait to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Pro-Palestine demonstrators face off with pro-Israel demonstrators on July 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Pro-Palestine demonstrators face off with pro-Israel demonstrators on July 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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