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Israel says it dropped 6,000 bombs on Gaza in one week. That's almost as many as what the US dropped in Afghanistan in one year.

Kwan Wei Kevin Tan   

Israel says it dropped 6,000 bombs on Gaza in one week. That's almost as many as what the US dropped in Afghanistan in one year.
  • Israel said it dropped about 6,000 bombs on the Gaza Strip within the first six days of war.
  • That staggering number is close to the 7,423 bombs US dropped on Afghanistan in 2019.

Israel's dogged attempts to defeat the Palestinian militant group Hamas have seen the country use a staggering amount of bombs on the Gaza Strip.

On October 12, the Israeli Air Force said on X, formerly Twitter, that they had "dropped about 6,000 bombs against Hamas targets" within the first six days of the war. The Washington Post later reported on Sunday that the figure's just trailing the thousands of bombs the US dropped on Afghanistan in the entirety of 2019.

According to the US Air Forces Central Command, the US dropped 7,423 bombs on Afghanistan in 2019. The US dropped 7,362 bombs in 2018.

On October 7, Hamas launched a series of brutal terrorist attacks against Israel. Israel declared war against Hamas the next day.

Israel has since launched multiple airstrikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip. This included a strike on Tuesday on northern Gaza's Jabalia refugee camp, which the Israel Defense Forces said it bombed while hunting Hamas.

Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said in a press conference on Saturday that "there will be no more security threat from Gaza on Israel" when Hamas has been eliminated, per The Times of Israel.

"At the end of the war, there'll be no Hamas in Gaza," Gallant said.

Both sides have reported civilian deaths and injuries. More than 1,400 Israelis have died following Hamas' attacks. Gaza officials say over 9,700 Palestinians have died, with thousands more injured.

Representatives for the Israel Defense Forces did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider sent outside regular business hours.


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