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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-27-09 07:29 PM
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56. Army says most Gaza fatalities were rebels
If I read this right, the idea is that Hamas etc. are "rebels" against Fatah/PLO/Abbas, and the IDF was defending Fatah/PLO in the Gaza offensive.

TEL AVIV More than two months after its 22-day offensive in Gaza, Israel and the Palestinians continued yesterday to argue over the total number of Palestinian deaths and over civilians killed in the war. The Israeli military overnight published its own casualty figures of the offensive, saying at least 60 per cent of the total Palestinian dead were rebels. In a statement sent to the media it said that 1,166 Palestinians died in the offensive, adding it had collected their names and that 709 of them were rebels.

Most of these rebels were members of the Hamas movement ruling Gaza, while a small number were members of other rebel factions involved in fighting Israel, a military spokeswoman in Tel Aviv said yesterday. She said the figures are the result of a thorough investigation by the Research Department of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Intelligence Corps. But the Gaza-based Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR), which published its own final death toll last week, accused Israel of trying to distort reality.

According to the PCHR, 1,417 Palestinians died in the offensive, nearly two-third of them civilians. It has published a list with all 1,417 names, detailing their ages, dates of death and other specifics. It says that of the dead, 236 were fighters and 255 non-combatant police officers, leaving 926 civilians, who include 313 minors and 116 women. The Israeli military said that of its 1,166 names, 295 civilians were certainly killed, including 89 children under the age of 16 and 49 women.
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