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.
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