US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that Washington is still reviewing one shipment of bombs for Israel over concerns about their use in crowded areas of Gaza, but that other weapons are moving as usual.

Blinken’s remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Tel Aviv that the top American diplomat had assured him the US government was working “day and night” to address the delay in the arrival of the weapons.

The United States is “continuing to review one shipment… with regard to 2,000 pound bombs because of our concerns about their use in a densely populated area like Rafah,” Blinken told a news conference, referring to a city in southern Gaza.

But “everything else is moving as it normally would move,” he said, while declining to discuss the specifics of diplomatic talks with Netanyahu.

The United States is Israel’s main military backer, but the White House has voiced frustration over the rising civilian death toll in Gaza, where Israel has conducted more than eight months of operations against Hamas.

With AFP