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January 07, 2009

Hamas Keeping Track of Fatalities -- Sort Of

The international media's source for information on casualties, including a breakdown of civilians versus combatants, is a distinctly partisan player in the fighting -- Hamas. As Avi Issacharoff writes:

The official number of fatalities is determined by the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas. After the Israeli bombing of a school in Jabalya on Tuesday, which killed at least 30 Palestinians, the ministry announced that a total of about 640 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the IDF operation, on December 27. But the ministry does not provide any statistics regarding how many of the fatalities are Hamas gunmen killed in clashes with the IDF and how many are non-combatants, and has even said that since the ground incursion began Saturday, all the Palestinians killed have been civilians.

Remember how reliable Hezbollah's casualty claims were in 2006?

Posted by TS at January 7, 2009 03:26 AM


So hundreds of people are being killed because less than 10 were killed in another country, and the answer is to question casualty reports?

Posted by: Skeptical at January 10, 2009 11:15 PM

Would "Skeptical" feel better about "casualty reports" if those reports stated that an equal number have been killed on both sides? Instead of contemplating the question, Skeptical, educate yourself. You know how to spell "Skeptical" and have some awareness of its meaning, so your brain must work...

Posted by: B at January 14, 2009 10:21 AM

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