Pentagon says US sending munitions, equipment to Israel, redirecting aircraft carrier

The USS Gerald R. Ford. (Public domain)
The USS Gerald R. Ford. (Public domain)

The United States will provide munitions and equipment to Israel and boost American forces in the Middle East, in response to the attacks by Hamas, the Pentagon says.

“The United States government will be rapidly providing the Israel Defense Forces with additional equipment and resources, including munitions,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says in a statement.

The US defense chief also says he has directed the USS Gerald R. Ford, an aircraft carrier, and its accompanying warships, to the eastern Mediterranean, and that Washington is augmenting fighter aircraft squadrons in the region.

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