The US is sending its most advanced aircraft carrier and its heavily armed strike group to Israel’s coast and will supply the country with more weapons and ammo

  • The United States is moving one of its carrier strike groups to the coastal waters of Israel.

  • Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the USS Gerald R. Ford to the Eastern Mediterranean.

  • Austin said the US will also provide Israel more “equipment and resources, including munitions.”

The United States is deploying an aircraft carrier and other vessels capable of firing guided missiles off the coast of Israel, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Sunday, as part of a show of strength in the wake of a shock attack that killed more than 600 people.

“I have directed the movement of the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group to the Eastern Mediterranean,” Austin said in a statement, adding that the United States was also taking steps to build up its squadron of fighter jets in the region.

“In addition, the United States government will be rapidly providing the Israel Defense Forces with additional equipment and resources, including munitions,” Austin said. The first such assistance will arrive in the country in the coming days, he said.

Israel, the top recipient of US military aid, began bombarding alleged Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday after the Palestinian militant group launched a raid in southern Israel and killed hundreds of people, including civilians. According to Gaza health authorities, more than 300 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory so far.

On Sunday, the Israeli government formally declared war on Hamas with a stated goal of seizing power over the entire Gaza Strip, which is home to roughly 2 million people.

As Insider reported Saturday, an extended war could further increase demand for the same NATO-standard artillery shells used by Ukraine. The US has a stockpile of that ammunition in Israel.

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