Gaza: 7 weeks of devastation surpass WWII years-long bombing

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LONDON — On Wednesday, the Financial Times reported that military analysts say the destruction of northern Gaza in less than seven weeks has approached that caused by the years-long carpet-bombing of German cities during World War II.اضافة اعلان

US military historian and author of ‘Bombing to Win’ stated that “Gaza will go down as a place name denoting one of history’s heaviest conventional bombing campaigns,” Jo24 reported.

60 percent of the buildings in northern Gaza
According to the recent studies, whole neighborhoods have been leveled. By December 4, more than 60 percent of the buildings in northern Gaza had been severely damaged, according to an analysis of satellite radar data conducted by Corey Shear from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and Jamon van den Hoek from Oregon State University, Jo24 reported.

70 percent of buildings in some areas
This figure rises to up to 70 percent of buildings in some areas. Across the Gaza Strip, between 82,600 and 105,300 buildings were destroyed, according to estimates, which count buildings with at least half of their structure damaged.

The newspaper highlighted that one reason for the scale of destruction is the ammunition used by Israel. While Israeli Occupation Forces have not released public information, photos released daily by the IOF show its planes taken offloaded with munitions identified by Financial Times explosives experts.

Some munitions are very precise, which can help limit collateral damage. Among them are 250-pound precision-guided small-diameter bombs, which, due to their relatively small size, "inherently reduce the potential for collateral damage," according to the US Air Force.

Israeli attack helicopters also carried laser-guided Hellfire missiles, the mainstay of American urban combat against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and fire-and-forget Spike missiles, traditionally Israel's weapon of choice for precise, targeted killings.

However, Israeli aircraft also dropped unguided M117 "dumb bombs," as first used by US forces during the Korean and Vietnam wars. In addition, Israel used 2,000-pound GBU-31 bombs, four times larger than the 500-pound bombs that were typically the largest bombs used by coalition forces in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, military analysts said.

“It is striking how often the Israeli military has obtained 2,000-pound bombs,” said Janina Dell, professor of global security at Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government.

The power of these bombs, enhanced by a global positioning system that turns them into "smart bombs" or so-called Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), is so immense that survivors of the explosion said they felt like they were “surfing on liquid Earth,” said Mark Garlasko, a military adviser to the Dutch organization PAX and a former intelligence analyst at the Pentagon.

The newspaper drew attention to Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements in which he said: “We need three things from the United States: munitions, munitions, and munitions.”

“There are huge demonstrations in Western capitals,” added Netanyahu, concerned that political pressure abroad could threaten US arms shipments. “We need to exert counter-pressure.” “There have been disagreements with our best friends.”

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