US to send delayed shipment of 500-pound bombs to Israel

The Biden administration has decided to resume a delayed shipment of 500-pound bombs to Israel, a U.S. official confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

In May, the administration announced it had delayed one shipment of military aid to Israel that consisted of 1,800 2,000-pound bombs and 1,700 500-pound bombs, according to Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman. U.S. officials said they had held up the shipment due to concerns over the damage these bombs could inflict if Israel decided to use them in densely populated areas of Gaza, mainly Rafah.

The 500-pound bombs “are moving forward as part of the usual process,” the official said, while a second U.S. official noted the 2,000-pound bombs “remains paused.”

The larger bombs have been useful in Israel’s campaign to destroy Hamas’s underground tunnels.

“We’ve been clear that our concern has been on
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