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Israeli army figures suggest 60% of Gaza dead civilians
Published Friday 25/07/2014 (updated) 26/07/2014 15:32
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Palestinian girls run amidst debris following an Israeli military strike
in Gaza city, on July 23, 2014 (AFP Mahmud Hams)
Correction appended

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military said in a statement on Friday that it had killed 240 "militants" in the Gaza Strip since it began a ground offensive on the Gaza Strip last week.

More than 600 Palestinians have been killed in the ground assault according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, meaning that according to the army's numbers less than 40 percent of those killed have been combatants.

The new figures are closer than expected to those of Palestinian rights groups inside Gaza, who have claimed that around 80 percent of the dead have been civilians.

The Israeli military has repeatedly emphasized that it has done its utmost to avoid civilian casualties, but the widespread killing of civilians -- including the shelling of four UN-designated shelters in the last three days -- has raised alarm among international watchdogs.

Palestinian militants, meanwhile, have killed 33 Israeli soldiers since the ground assault began. Rocket fire into Israel has killed three civilians, one of whom was volunteering with the military near the border and another who was a foreign agricultural worker.

More than 90 percent of those killed by Palestinian militant groups, primarily Hamas, have been soldiers.

Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the figure of militants given by Israel as 30 percent, not 40 percent.
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
25/07/2014 19:36
The point going to come out sooner or later that Israel has a hand on the Killing of the three Israeli settlers. The numbers of civilian killed in Gaza especially in UN designated areas where they suppose to have been safe, wasn't. The deliberate killing of Palestinians especially children will raise any doubts that Israel was purposely striking civilians. Their widespread killing will expose Israel as the main accomplice for the three settlers death. Mark my word on this one.

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
25/07/2014 20:24
'...one of whom was volunteering with the military near the border and another who was a foreign agricultural worker.' ...and the third of whom was a Bedouin. In short, not one Jewish Israeli civilian has been killed who wasn't a combatant. However, that hasn't stopped the Zionists from crying, calling their opponents terrorists, and generally making an utterly revolting bid for the world's sympathy at the same time as they commit the most horrific of crimes in a 'war' they themselves began.

3 ) Maureen / Australia
25/07/2014 21:55
Despicable comments from racist warmongering Israelis who say they delight in seeing dead and injured Palestinian children and are calling for more bombing of Gaza! (Ref. Independant Jewish Voicec (against Israel occupation)

4 ) Mel / USA
25/07/2014 22:09
I think more like 10% were the legitimate Palestinian Underground Resistance,the rest are ALL BABIES,CHILDREN,WOMEN & INNOCENT MEN! All with NO connection to "Hamas" APART FROM LIVING IN GAZA & BEING OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN NON-JEWS!
Israel doesn't give a sh*t who it injures/kills-from non-Jewish womb to non-Jewish grave!As long as it CLEARS the land of GOY! Israel even BOMBS PALESTINIAN GRAVEYARDS(Christian &Muslim).A pox on you Israel!

5 ) Arnold / Canada
25/07/2014 22:24
Classical story of the three little pigs. One pig made is house of straw and the wolf got him. One pig made his house of twigs and the wolf got him. the 3rd pig made his house of brick and the wolf could not get him. The Israelis since 1947 have built their home solidly. In 2005 when Hamas took over the Gaza strip and got thousands and thousands of tons of cement they built tunnels instead of schools and hospitals for their people. The tunnels were for sneak attacks and kidnapping. What waste.

6 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
25/07/2014 23:10
What they ( the "Israelis") mean is: we killed more than 70% children, women, elderly and innocent people. Respect for Hamas.

7 ) Tibi / Tubas
25/07/2014 23:43
- Israeli "army figures also suggest" that 70 PERCENT, of the Gaza dead were used as HUMAN-SHIELDS, and - Hamas "emphasized that it has done Utmost" to cause civilian casualties, both in Israel and in Gaza !!

8 ) Outlier / USA
26/07/2014 05:42
The percentage sounds rather low until you consider Hamas' approach. Hamas isn't even aiming at the IDF; it is just launching missiles hoping to hit anything, and does not care whether it is IDF or civilian.

9 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/07/2014 08:44
Of course the cvilian death toll is high - the UN itself has confirmed that Hamas tactics and policy are to do all their fighting from within civilian areas and use cvilians as human shields. Their own ministry of interior website gives them orders to ignore IDF warnings to evacuate for safety. Hamas wants to kill civilians - they are simply more "martyrs" in their useless jihad battle.
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