Hamas (Kind of) Admits Majority of Gazan Casualties Were Terrorists

I have already written a fair bit about the relatively high percentage of terrorist casualties among Gazans killed during the recent Operation Guardians of the Walls.

As I posted, The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center’s first report that found at least 41 of the 74 (55%) killed during the operation’s first two days were terrorists.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – which looked at casualties over the entire operation – had similar findings: 128 of the 245 killed in Israeli strikes were terrorists. And those findings were probably even downballing the number of terrorists.

Now it looks like even Hamas have admitted to a high percentage of terrorist casualties, albeit inadvertently and not explicitly.

In a report on the ongoing fallout from UNRWA director Matthias Schmale’s comments that Israeli strikes on Gaza were very precision and accurate – he has now been called back to Jerusalem for consultations and had decided to take an extended leave of absence – Hamas had this to say:

hamas1Hamas said in a statement that his “comments are a complete distortion in favor of the Zionists, including an attempt to exonerate the Occupation of the murder of 254 Palestinians, more than 40% of them children, women and the elderly.”

In other words, Hamas have admitted that 60% are non-elderly adult males.

True, not all non-elderly adult males would have been terrorists, but as I have shown in the past (including my post on the OCHA findings), the age and gender designation is a relatively strong indicator.

Even if you don’t subscribe to that idea, the fact that 60% of those killed were non-elderly adult males definitely points towards the strikes not being indiscriminate, but rather targeted as Schmale stated. Which is ironic, given Hamas made this statement in order to discredit him!


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media