Gaza death toll ‘was much higher’

An Israeli human rights group says many more Palestinian civilians were killed in the Israeli military’s campaign this year in Gaza than the army admits.

B’Tselem said detailed research showed that out of 1,400 Palestinian deaths, 773 were civilians – many of them children.

This contradicts an Israeli army report stating that fewer than 300 civilians died in the fighting earlier this year.

Israel launched the assault to halt rocket attacks from Hamas-run Gaza.

Amnesty International has already accused Israel of having committed war crimes during its offensive.

B’Tselem said the findings had been compiled during months of research, including visits to the families of those killed.


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