Number of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza exceeds World War II

Since last October, Israel has dropped over 70,000 tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip, a scale that significantly surpasses the combined bombings of Dresden, Hamburg, and London during World War II. According to an estimate by the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, this staggering amount of explosives was deployed over a six-month period from October 7 to April 24.

The Geneva-based organization reported that the extensive bombing, coupled with bulldozing operations, led to the complete destruction of buildings up to one kilometer from the eastern and northern borders of Gaza, creating a so-called buffer zone. For historical context, during the early 1940s, Germany dropped about 18,300 tons of bombs on London, while the Allies bombed Hamburg with 8,500 tons in 1943 and Dresden with 3,900 tons in 1945.

Despite a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire, Israel continued its offensive following the October 7 incursion by Hamas. The ongoing conflict has resulted in the deaths of over 36,500 Palestinians, primarily women and children, and injured nearly 83,000, according to local health authorities. The relentless bombardment has left vast areas of Gaza in ruins and exacerbated a humanitarian crisis, with severe shortages of food, clean water, and medicine.

Israel’s actions have led to accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice. The court’s latest ruling orders Israel to halt its operations in Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had taken refuge before the area was invaded on May 6. As the conflict nears its eighth month, the devastation in Gaza continues to grow, with no resolution in sight.

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