The U.S. military has sought to hire a merchant ship to deliver ammunition to Israel this month, tender documents show, but the Pentagon said the shipment was not linked to the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
A Pentagon spokesman said the ammunition was for a U.S. stockpile in Israel. The U.S. military pre-positions stockpiles in some countries in case it needs supplies at short notice.
The shipment originated in the United States, Ryder said. He provided no further details on the intended cargo.
A "hazardous material" designation on the manifest mentions explosive substances and detonators but gives no other details.