Israel army says it hit Gaza with 4,000 tonnes of explosives since Saturday

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The Israeli army said it has bombarded the Gaza Strip with approximately 6,000 bombs containing a total of 4,000 tonnes of explosives since Saturday when it began striking Hamas targets.

“Approximately 6,000 bombs have been dropped on the Gaza Strip with a total weight of 4,000 tonnes,” the army said in a statement Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, the head of Israel’s military admitted that security forces had been at fault in failing to prevent Saturday’s devastating attack by Hamas gunmen and promised lessons would be drawn.

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“The IDF is responsible for defending the country and its citizens, and Saturday morning, in the area around Gaza, we did not live up to it,” said Lt General Herzi Halevi.

“We will learn, investigate, but now is the time for war.”

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