Apr 2, 2024, 2:05 PM

US voices commitment to arming Israel despite Gaza genocide

US voices commitment to arming Israel despite Gaza genocide

TEHRAN, Apr. 02 (MNA) – The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to arming Israel, despite growing anger inside and outside the US over the regime’s atrocities in the Gaza Strip.

Department of State spokesperson Matthew Miller on Monday defended recent arms transfers to its ally, which included fighter jets and 900kg bombs.

“I do not agree with that at all,” he claimed when asked whether the weapons transfers damaged the “credibility” and “sincerity” of US statements slamming the killing of too many civilians in Gaza.

“We have been very clear that we want to see Israel do everything it can to minimize civilian casualties. We have made clear that they need to operate at all times in full compliance with international humanitarian law,” Miller claimed.

The official also reaffirmed the US's "long-term commitment " to what he called "Israel’s right to self-defense" despite growing concerns about rights abuses in the Gaza Strip. 

His remarks come as reports said last week that Washington authorized arms transfers to Israel worth billions of dollars. The package includes more than 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs and 500 MK82 500-pound bombs, as well as 25 F35A fighter jets.

Despite pressure to withhold arms, a US report said on Monday that Washington is considering major new weapons sales to Israel.

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian Resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli intensified violence against Palestinians.

Tel Aviv has also blocked water, food, and electricity to Gaza, plunging the coastal strip into a humanitarian crisis.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 32,845 Palestinians and injured nearly 75,392 others.


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