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US sends deadly bunker buster bombs to Israel for Gaza war

This picture taken on October 11, 2023 shows an aerial view of buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes in the Jabalia camp for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City. (AFP)

The United States has sent more weapons to Israel, including deadly bunker buster bombs, to assist the regime in its war against the besieged Gaza Strip, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Citing US officials, the American newspaper said Washington has provided Tel Aviv with 100 BLU-109 bombs that are capable of penetrating hardened structures before exploding.

The bomb, which carries a warhead weighing more than 900 kilograms, has previously been used in some of the deadliest Israeli attacks on the populated Palestinian territory, including an airstrike on the Jabalia refugee camp that killed more than 100 people last month.

The New York Times reported back then that the regime dropped at least two 2,000-pound bombs — the second largest type in its arsenal — on the site of the densely populated refugee camp.

Israel also used the bombs to strike Gaza’s tunnels that are a lifeline of the underground economy for the enclave — totally blockaded by land, air, and sea since the regime waged its war on the territory.

Tel Aviv alleges that the Hamas resistance movement has built its headquarters in bunkers and tunnels.

In mid-November, the regime’s forces raided al-Shifa Hospital, following days of heavy attacks in the area surrounding one of the largest medical centers in the Gaza Strip. Israel claimed that a cross-border tunnel had been built under the building.

Israeli soldiers entered the facility while tanks and bulldozers were stationed in the courtyard of the hospital, where around 7,000 people were sheltering, along with 1,500 patients and medical staff.

Hamas has strongly rejected the allegations, saying that Israel “which had no military achievements in Gaza, wants to take revenge on civilians and patients.”

Hamas issued a statement in response to the crimes in the hospital, holding Israel and the United States fully responsible for the consequences of the attack.

It said that “the United States is complicit in the occupation’s crime in al-Shifa hospital.”

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