Israel-Gaza live updates: First aid ship leaves Cyprus for US-built floating pier

Israel-Gaza live updates: First aid ship leaves Cyprus for US-built floating pier
Israel-Gaza live updates: First aid ship leaves Cyprus for US-built floating pier

President Joe Biden said on CNN Wednesday that American bombs have been used to kill civilians in Gaza and doubled down on the administration’s plan to withhold weapons that Israel could use in a Rafah invasion.

Following the news that the US has paused a ammunition shipment to Israel, CNN anchor Erin Burnett asked whether any of the US bombs sent to Israel have been used to kill civilians in Gaza.

“Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs and other ways in which they go after population centers,” Biden responded.

“I made it clear that if they go into Rafah — they haven’t gone in Rafah yet — if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities, that deal with that problem,” he continued.

Biden said the US will “continue to make sure Israel is secure in terms of Iron Dome and their ability to respond to attacks that came out of the Middle East recently.”

“But it’s, it’s just wrong,” he said. “We’re not going to — we’re not going to supply the weapons and artillery shells used, that have been used.”

Burnett also sought to nail down Biden’s view of what Israel is doing in Rafah right now, and if the president believes that qualifies as a major ground invasion.

“No, they haven’t gone into the population centers,” he said. “What they did is right on the border. And it’s causing problems with, right now in terms of — with Egypt, which I’ve worked very hard to make sure we have a relationship and help.”

“But I’ve made it clear to Bibi and the war cabinet, they’re not going to get our support, if in fact they go in these population centers,” he continued.

-ABC News’ Molly Nagle

 
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