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Obama halts fighter jet shipment to Egypt

Barack Obama pictured in Washington yesterday. Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama has decided to halt the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt for an undetermined period due to the "current situation" on the ground there, the Pentagon said.

"Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters, adding Obama's decision was made with the unanimous consent of his entire national security team.

Violence has surged in Egypt since the military overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president.