Israel-Gaza live updates: US and Israel resolved 'misunderstandings' over arms deliveries

As tensions continue to simmer along the Israel-Lebanon border, the State Department is reminding U.S. citizens of the risks associated with traveling to Lebanon, urging them to “strongly reconsider.”

“The Lebanese government cannot guarantee the protection of American citizens from sudden outbreaks of violence and armed conflict,” the alert said.

The State Department also notes that while most of Lebanon is classified as Level 3 (Reconsider Travel), the southern part of the country, the Lebanon-Syria border area, and refugee camps are Level 4 ( do not travel).

Officials say the recall does not signal a future escalation and that the situation in Lebanon is under ongoing review.

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As the fight for aid in Gaza continues and the United Nations warns of the dangers facing aid workers, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society says 18 of its ambulances – about a third of its fleet – have been decommissioned due to fuel shortages.

“The quantities of fuel entering through the Karm Abu Salem terminal do not meet the needs of the medical and relief sector,” PRCS said in a statement.

“As the Israeli occupation continues to keep the Rafah border crossing closed for approximately 52 days… the PRCS calls on the international community to urgently intervene to reopen the Rafah border crossing and allow the delivery of humanitarian aid, especially fuel,” the agency said.

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant provided an update with reporters Wednesday after meeting with U.S. officials on the latest developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict and rising tensions with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Gallant met this week with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and several other U.S. officials in Washington, DC.

“During the meetings, we made significant progress, obstacles were removed and bottlenecks were overcome, in order to advance a variety of issues, and most notably the subject of force generation and 'ammunition supply,' Gallant said.

Gallant said they discussed “several issues,” including “Lebanon, Gaza, Iran, the hostage issue, the transition to the next phase in Gaza and the impact that will have on the region.”

During Gallant's visit to the United States, Hezbollah released a video message in which the group threatened to attack crucial Israeli buildings if a full-scale conflict broke out in Lebanon.

“Hezbollah understands very well that we can inflict massive damage on Lebanon if a war is started,” Gallant said.

In recent months, the Israel Defense Forces have eliminated 400 Hezbollah terrorists, according to Gallant.

Regarding the conflict with Hamas, Gallant said: “Hamas as a military formation has been largely dismantled. We have destroyed most of Hamas' battalions and formations and are now fighting pockets of resistance.

Gallant thanked the U.S. government and the American public “for their enduring support for the State of Israel.”

Israeli and U.S. officials reviewed “every case” of arms shipments at a meeting in Washington, DC, clearing up any “misunderstandings” and making “real progress,” a senior administration official said.

That does not mean, however, that the United States will begin shipping the large bombs that have been on hold since May, after the president expressed concerns about their use in highly populated areas, such as Rafah. This pause is still under study, the official said.

When it comes to other weapons and supplies, however, the official said there were misunderstandings that delegations worked through, resulting from “complexities” in the highly bureaucratic approval system of the United States and the priority requests for certain items.

“We've been able to look at everything, and I think where there were some misunderstandings, those have been clarified — about where certain cases stand during our process, which can be complex,” the senior official said. of administration.

“There has been real progress in mutual understanding of the situation, in prioritizing some cases over others, so that we can be sure that we are moving things forward in a way that meets the needs of the Israelis, and the only exception being a shipment of MK-84s [the 2,000-pound bombs] this remains on pause and under review,” the official said.

The meeting follows a video released June 18 by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing the United States of slowing down arms shipments, which the United States has denied.

This video was not discussed during Thursday's meeting between Israeli Defense Minister Yaov Gallant and national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the official said.

-Cheyenne Haslett of ABC News

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