The administration of US President Joe Biden notified Congress that it approved selling israel $735 million in weapons on 5 May, with the sale vetted by Washington coinciding with a fresh bout of hostilities on the Gaza-Israeli border. After 11 days of rocket attacks and airstrikes the sides agreed to a ceasefire on 20 May.
Four Republican Senators have called for federal funds designated by the administration of President Joe Biden for Gaza-based humanitarian aid to be redirected “to help israel replenish its highly-effective missile defense interceptors.”
The 11 days of hostilities involving rocket attacks and airstrikes that left 243 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead in the region’s worst bout of violence in years have been brought to an end by an Egypt-brokered ceasefire, confirmed on Thursday night.
Data from both sides in the conflict cite 243 people killed in the Gaza Strip and 13 people in Israel.
According to the United Nations, over 77,000 Palestinians have been displaced by airstrikes that reduced hundreds of apartment buildings to rubble.
With Gaza’s water and power infrastructure damaged, the area faces the daunting task of recovery and rebuilding, with many countries pledging to fund the effort.
President Biden acknowledged on Thursday that the United States would be sending humanitarian aid to Gaza, but added the process would be coordinated with the Palestinian Authority “in a manner that does…