US ready to send more military aid to Israel, says Austin

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday that the Pentagon was ready to deploy more military aid to Israel as Israeli forces prepare for a likely invasion of Gaza in response to a devastating attack by militant group Hamas.

Austin said that munitions, air defense capabilities and other equipment and resources were “rapidly flowing” to Washington’s closest Middle Eastern ally. Israel has vowed to crush Hamas, the Palestinian movement that rules Gaza.

“The US Department of Defense stands fully ready to deploy additional assets if necessary,” Austin told a news conference in Tel Aviv with his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant.

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Israel launched its heaviest ever bombardment of the Gaza Strip after Hamas carried out an unprecedented and shock cross-border attack into southern Israel on October 7.

Israel’s response, which has already involved dropping thousands of bombs on Gaza, is expected to intensify as it prepares a possible ground assault on the narrow, densely populated coastal strip.

Austin cautioned that it was a time for “resolve” and not “revenge.”

He added that the United States intended to stand alongside Israel in its war against Hamas at the same time as continuing to support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion.

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