Israel’s use of large American-made bombs is contributing to the massive death toll in Gaza, surpassing some of the deadliest conflicts in recent times.

According to The New York Times, the carnage in Gaza, aided by the use of 2,000-pound American-made bombs, is surpassing many of the “deadliest moments” of this century, including the U.S. campaigns in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.

The massive scale of Israel’s attacks, along with the use of large American-made bombs in dense urban areas, have contributed to the huge death toll, according to the report.

Although it is not entirely possible to estimate the exact number of civilian casualties in Gaza, researchers believe that the 10,000 dead women and children reported by the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry are a rough, albeit conservative, estimate of deaths. of civilians, according to the report.

The most recent death toll from the Gaza Health Ministry, published on November 10, included 11,078 dead, according to the Associated Press.

Marc Garlasco, a military adviser to the Dutch peace organization PAX and a former Pentagon intelligence analyst, declared that Israel’s use of such bombs goes “beyond anything I have seen in my career.”

The closest cases that Garlasco could point to for a historical comparison when such large bombs were dropped on such densely populated areas, were “Vietnam, or World War II,” according to the outlet.

According to the report, U.S. military officials often believed that the most common American-made aerial bomb, which weighs 500 pounds, was too large to be used in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. By contrast, Israel has been freely using 2,000-pound (907 kg) bombs, which are also made in the United States, and are capable of leveling entire apartment complexes, The Times reported.

Brian Castner, an Amnesty International weapons researcher and former US Air Force explosive ordnance disposal officer, said the bombs used in Gaza are larger than those used by the US to combat ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria. ). Castner told the outlet that the explosives are more consistent with targeting underground structures such as tunnels.

“They are using extremely large weapons in extremely densely populated areas,” Castner said. “It is the worst possible combination of factors that produce thousands of deaths.”

Israel has noted that Gaza is a unique battlefield: small and dense, with civilians living alongside and above tunnel networks run by Hamas, The Times reported.

Israel acknowledges that women and children have died in Gaza, but said the death toll in the Hamas-run region cannot be trusted. The Israeli military did not provide its own casualty count but denied attacking civilians, according to the newspaper.

“We do a lot to prevent and, to the extent possible, minimize the death or injury of civilians,” Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, told the media. “We focus on Hamas.”

On Friday, Israel agreed to a four-day ceasefire in exchange for the release of hostages held by Hamas inside Gaza. On the same day, Hamas released 25 hostages in total, 13 Israelis and 11 foreigners, including 10 Thais and one Filipino.

When Business Insider contacted the IDF for comment, it said it could not yet provide an exact number of casualties but is going through a “rigorous review process that can often take time to produce accurate results.”.

Kenneth Niemeyer