IDF publishes updated Gaza casualties report

Posted: March 25, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, Hamas, IDF, Israel, War

Hamas terrorists operate tightly within civilian population

Hamas terrorists operate tightly within civilian population

The Israeli Defense Forces have released an updated Palestinian casualties report in Gaza, which states that ‘over 600’ were Hamas terrorists, while 309 were civilians. IDF still investigates another 320 casualties, trying to identify them:

The list, prepared by the IDF’s Coordination and Liaison Authority for the Gaza Strip, is significantly different from the one the Palestinians use.

The Israeli document lists 1,370 fatalities, whereas different Palestinian lists range from 1,324 to 1,434. The IDF claims to have identified 1,249 of those on its list.

According to the IDF, more than 600 of the dead have been identified as members of a militant organization. This includes the police officers who were killed in an attack on their academy’s graduation parade on December 27, the first day of the operation.

A total of 309 are described as “uninvolved,” meaning they have been confirmed as innocent civilians. Another 320 are described as “unaffiliated,” which means the IDF has not yet determined whether they have any affiliation with a militant group. Finally, 14 fatalities were members of Fatah whom Hamas executed during the fighting.

But wait, here comes the funniest part:

The fatality list presented by the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has numerous inaccuracies and contradictions, the IDF says. For example, Tawfiq Ja’abari, the commander of the Hamas police, and Mohammed Shakshak, a personal assistant to the head of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Ja’abari, are both described as dead children on the Palestinian list.

Those poor children…


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