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US 'agrees' to send more bombs and warplanes to Israel

11:08 PM | 30 Mar, 2024
US President Joe Biden
Source: POTUS

WASHINGTON – Recent reports indicate that the US has greenlit the transfer of a substantial amount of munitions and fighter aircraft to Israel, according to two reliable sources acquainted with the matter.

This development comes even as Washington voices concerns publicly about a potential Israeli military operation in Rafah.

The newly approved arms shipments encompass over 1,800 MK84 2,000-pound bombs and 500 MK82 500-pound bombs, as per sources corroborating a report by the Washington Post. The United States allocates $3.8 billion annually in military aid to Israel, its longstanding ally.

This move arrives amidst heightened international censure directed at Israel for its ongoing aerial bombardments and ground incursions in Gaza. Some members of President Joe Biden's party have urged him to reconsider US military assistance to Israel.

Although the United States has expedited the dispatch of air defenses and weaponry to Israel, certain Democrats and Arab American organizations have denounced the Biden administration's unwavering support for Israel, arguing that it fosters a climate of impunity.

In acknowledgment of the grievances expressed by many Arab Americans regarding the Gaza conflict and US backing of Israel, President Biden stated on Friday that he is cognizant of the distress. Nevertheless, he has pledged to maintain unwavering support for Israel, despite a visible strain in relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The White House declined to comment on the arms transfers, and the Israeli embassy in Washington has not issued an immediate response.

The decision to transfer weapons comes subsequent to Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant's visit to Washington this week, during which he held discussions with US counterparts regarding Israel's defense requirements. In remarks to the press on Tuesday, Gallant emphasized the significance of US-Israeli ties for his country's security and underscored the necessity of upholding Israel's military superiority in the region, particularly in terms of its air capabilities.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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