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The US will withhold arms supplies if Israel invades Rafah

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his “Investing in America agenda” at Gateway Technical College, Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in Sturtevant, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Of NTB | 05/09/2024 00:13:55

Policy: The US has already put a bomb delivery on hold, reportedly over concerns about how they would be used in densely populated urban areas like Rafah.

– Civilians have been killed in the Gaza Strip as a consequence of those bombs and other ways they go after population centers, says Biden about the bombs that are withheld, in an interview with CNN.

– I have made it clear that if they enter Rafah – they have not entered Rafah yet – if they enter Rafah, then I will not send the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities – which dealing with that problem, says Biden in the interview.

Furthermore, he added that the US “is not going to send the weapons and artillery shells”. The move is Biden’s clearest warning to Israel yet.

Israeli ground forces took control of the border crossing from Egypt to Rafah on the Palestinian side overnight, and the Gaza Strip is thus completely cut off from the outside world, but Biden tells CNN that Israel has not crossed the US’s “red line” by entering the most densely populated parts of the city.

– I have made it clear to Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, editor’s note) and the military government: They will not get our support, if they actually go into those population centers, says Biden.

In recent months, Rafah has housed over a million internally displaced people as a result of Israeli ground forces moving into other parts of Gaza. Israel has announced a full-scale operation in the city, despite criticism and condemnation from many quarters.

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