US signs $100 million ammo deal with Israel; Gaza offensive gets fuel

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv where the arms deal was confirmed.

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Courtesy: ANI

New Delhi: In a pivotal move, the United States has given the green light for a substantial arms deal, approving the sale of tank ammunition exceeding USD 100 million to Israel. The decision, orchestrated urgently, comes amid the ongoing and intense clashes that continue to engulf the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed gratitude to US President Joe Biden for this crucial support.

Nightlong clashes persist in battered Gaza

The conflict has escalated into the battered northern areas of Gaza, persisting through the night and into Sunday. Israel's offensive approach in Palestine has been further fueled by the United States' rejection of a recent international cease-fire initiative. The situation remains tense, with both sides locked in a fierce exchange of hostilities.

Global outcry over Palestinian civilian casualties

Israel's actions, resulting in the deaths of numerous Palestinian civilians, have sparked global condemnation. Shockingly, almost 85% of Gaza's 2.3 million residents now find themselves internally displaced within the besieged territory. Across the world, people are uniting in protests and solidarity marches for the Palestinians.

US Blocks UNSC's cease-fire efforts

The United States, taking a controversial stance, has blocked UN Security Council efforts to halt the war between Israel and Hamas. This move underscores the US's support for the offensive, symbolized by the substantial arms sale. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked President Biden for the "important ammunition for the continuation of the war" and for backing Israel at the Security Council.

Disturbing reports from Gaza

Reports emerging from Gaza shed light on the plight of detainees, with disturbing scenes of captives stripped to their undergarments, subjected to inhumane treatment. The situation unfolds against the backdrop of heavy fighting in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighbourhood and the densely populated Jabaliya refugee camp, showcasing the dire impact on the region's populace.