World Bulletin / News Desk
Palestinian faction Hamas stated early Monday that Israel has tried to mislead international judicial bodies by reducing the number of civilians killed in its report on the military operation launched last year in the Gaza Strip.
A report published by the Israeli Foreign Ministry -- “Gaza report” -- concerning Israel’s 51-day military offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip last summer, accused Hamas of committing war crimes. Another report by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR is expected to be published this week.
“The claims in this report are all a lie,” said Hamas in a written statement.
The Palestinian faction criticized the report and said that Israel had stated inaccurate figures regarding the number of Palestinians killed during the attacks.
“According to Israel’s report, 44 percent of those killed were militants, whereas the percentage of militants killed was less than 20 percent," Hamas said.
Hamas stated that hundreds were killed by Israel’s advanced missiles and requested the international community not to take the “lie” under consideration.
Israel's report stated that at least 2,125 Palestinians were killed, while "at least 936 of these fatalities (at least 44% of the total) have been positively identified by the Israel Defense Forces as militants affiliated with Hamas and other terrorist organisations in the Gaza Strip". Israel classified 36 percent of those killed, i.e. 761 people, as civilians. The remaining 428 people, males aged between 16 and 50, have yet to be classified.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Haziran 2015, 09:27