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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

IDF: 250 civilian casualties in Gaza

The IDF reports that some 250 of the 'Palestinians' killed in Operation Cast Lead were civilians. The rest were terrorists - mostly from Hamas.
The military is doing everything it can to compile accurate data regarding the identity of those killed in Gaza, including debriefing soldiers and cross-referencing their information with intelligence.

Gaza Division Chief Brigadier-General Eyal Eisenberg alluded to the fact that the majority of the Palestinian fatalities were Hamas operatives, but refused to specify numbers.

The IDF has yet to verify the identity of some 200 fatalities, mostly men in their 20s, whose identification is delayed because they are still buried under the rubble. The defense establishment believed many of them would prove to be Hamas men.

Many of the fatalities were considered to be civilians at first, because there were no weapons found with them, said a military source, "But that method of operation is consistent with the way Hamas was hiding in the midst of civilians, moving between their strongholds with no weapons. In many cases someone thought to be a civilian casualty turned out to be a Hamas operative after we ran our checks."

The civilian-gunman casualty ratio, he added, was one to three, proving that the IDF was targeting Hamas and not civilians. The IDF stressed that the forces took significant precautions in order to avoid harming any civilians; but considering the way that Hamas chose to involve civilians in the fighting, mounting a surgical strike resulting in absolutely no civilian casualties was impossible.
Hamas is continuing to claim that Israel is overstating 'Palestinian' casualties and understating its own. Whom do you believe?

I thought so....


At 12:16 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

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At 12:18 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Is that the same Hamas that is supposedly investigating its own mishandling of the jihad? Islamists shouldn't throw stones at the Zionists before they've looked at their own glass house.



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