Hamas says US military aid to Israel 'green light' for Gaza aggression

AFP , Sunday 21 Apr 2024

Palestinian group Hamas on Sunday condemned the US House of Representatives' approval of billions of dollars in new military aid to Israel, much of which is to strengthen Israeli air defenses.

Palestinians mourn over the bodies of relatives after they were unearthed from the Nasser hospital compound in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on April 21, 2024. AFP


"This support, which violates international law, is a license and a green light for the Zionist extremist government (Israel) to continue the brutal aggression against our people," Hamas said in a statement.

"We consider this step a confirmation of the official American complicity and partnership in the war of extermination waged by the fascist occupation army against our Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip."

On Saturday, the US House of Representatives approved $13 billion in military assistance to America's historically ally Israel in its war on Gaza.

Washington is already Israel's largest military supplier.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed the "much-appreciated aid bill" showed strong support for Israel and "defended Western civilization".

The US bill said that more than $9 billion will also be earmarked to address "the dire need for humanitarian assistance for Gaza as well as other vulnerable populations around the world".

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