May 30, 2024

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Paris has called on the Jewish state to end its military operation in Rafah “without delay”.

Paris has called on the Jewish state to end its military operation in Rafah “without delay”.

A US report condemns Israel’s use of weapons, without questioning their deployment

The United States has criticized Israel’s use of American weapons in the Gaza Strip, but failed to conclude that the Israeli military violated international humanitarian law by not stopping their ship, according to a long-awaited Defense Department report.

“The nature of the conflict in Gaza makes it difficult to assess individual incidents or draw conclusions”A report to Congress states. “However, given Israel’s substantial reliance on US-made defense equipment, it is reasonable to assess that the equipment has been used by the Israeli Defense Forces since October 7 in cases inconsistent with its obligations under international humanitarian law.”The report continues.

However, there are some “Serious Concerns”Countries receiving US military aid have provided “Sufficiently reliable and trustworthy guarantee to permit continuous supply” weapons, the report concludes, which was delayed for several days due to discussions within the State Department.

It comes shortly after President Joe Biden publicly threatened to cut off certain types of weapons if Israel launched a major offensive on the crowded city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, which he countered.

Last February, the US president ordered the State Department to review whether the use of US military aid by countries in serious conflict and countries that benefit from US military aid, including Israel, complies with US law. Besides Israel, six other countries receive US military aid: Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, and Ukraine.

The assessment, however, does not call into question the US decision last week to freeze arms and ammunition exports to Israel over fears they could be used in the Rafah attack.

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The second part concerns humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, which is on the brink of famine after seven months of war. Here too America says if it trusts Israel it will trust it “His acts or omissions” They do not conclude that the Israeli authorities deliberately contributed to the current humanitarian disaster “Prohibited or Restricted” Distribution and transportation of this aid.