EUA suspendem envio de armas para Israel infographic
A infografia mostra as especificações da bomba Mk-84, designada GBU-31 quando equipada com kit JDAM.


EUA suspendem envio de armas se Israel invadir Rafah

By Jordi Bou

May 9, 2024 - Os EUA suspenderam o envio de milhares de armas para Israel,
incluindo as controversas bombas de 900kg, preocupados com o plano para expandir a operação militar no sul da Gaza.

The move comes as President Joe Biden has publicly warned Israel for the first time that the U.S. would stop supplying it weapons if Israeli forces make a major invasion of Rafah, a refugee-packed city in southern Gaza.

Four sources said the shipments, which have been delayed for at least two weeks, involved Boeing-made Joint Direct Attack Munitions, which convert dumb bombs into precision-guided ones, as well as Small Diameter Bombs (SDB-1)

The 900kg bombs are most likely to be Mk-84s, which can be fitted with JDAM kits that deliver precision capability using satellite navigation.

However, in a dense, urban environment like Gaza the risk of so-called “collateral damage” is high.

According to the United Nations, “the pressure from the explosion can rupture lungs, burst sinus cavities and tear off limbs hundreds of metres from the blast site.”

PUBLISHED: 09/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Boeing