63% of Palestinian fatalities from Israeli war on Gaza were civilians: Israeli group

July 22, 2016 9:00 am

A Palestinian man carrying a
child walks past buildings destroyed during Israel’s 50-day 2014 war
against the Strip, in City, April 30, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

An Israeli rights group says
63 percent of the Palestinian fatalities caused in Israel’s 2014 war
against the Gaza Strip were civilians.

B’Tselem released the figure in a Wednesday report under the title “50 Days: More than 500 Children.”
The
civilian victims, among the overall 2,202 killed in the Israeli war,
were not “taking part in the hostilities at the time of their death” and
were not holding “a continuous combat function,” the rights group said.
“The
high number of civilian fatalities casts doubt on Israel’s claim that
all the targets were legitimate and that the military adhered to the
principle of proportionality.”
In the same context, it blamed the Israeli military of having  “shirked” its duty to prevent large civilian casualties.
The group said 500 children were also killed in the Israeli war.
B’Tselem’s
spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli, meanwhile, said the report was meant to
allow “the public to gain access to this information to simply
understand how many people were killed.”
Israel started its latest
war on Gaza in early July 2014. The offensive ended after 50 days on
August 26 that year, with a truce that took effect after indirect
negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
The 2014 war and two
other ones before it have also caused economic losses close to three
times the size of Gaza’s gross domestic product.
Back in May,
B’Tselem announced that it would stop cooperating with the Israeli
military on behalf of Palestinian victims, saying it had lost all faith
in the regime’s military justice system, which it said was virtually
legitimizing crimes by Israeli forces.
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