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Biden administration stays mum on reports Israel used US weapons in Rafah

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US bombs used in RrafahCNN first reported that the remains of the American produced GBU-39 small diameter bomb (SDB) were found at the scene, according to four explosive weapons experts who reviewed video shared on social media.

Weapons experts and visual evidence The New York Times also reviewed reached the same conclusion that the bombs were GBU-39s, which are designed and sold in the United States.

“We’re not going to speak to individual payload loadouts on individual Israeli aircraft,” White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday. “The [Israeli military] should speak to their conduct of this particular operation, and that would include … discussion of what was used.”

At least 45 people were killed and more than 240 others wounded after the Israeli military used aircraft to strike the outskirts of Rafah, causing a fire to break out. The majority of those killed were women and children, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Kirby added that Israel has already said publicly it used precision-guided munitions with a payload of about 37 pounds, which, if true, “would certainly indicate a desire to be more deliberate and more precise in their targeting.”



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