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UN Admits Its Casualty Figures Were Inaccurate And Inflated

The UN have basically finally admitted that the Gaza casualty figures they have been publicizing – taken from the Hamas-run Gazan Ministry of Health – were inflated, especially when it came to the numbers of women and children supposedly killed.

The United Nations seemingly halved the estimated number of women and children killed in Gaza, according to UN data published on May 6 and 8.

The UN published the number of fatalities reported by the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health. The Government Media Office in Gaza and Israeli authorities provided a disclaimer below the data: “The UN has so far not been able to produce independent, comprehensive, and verified casualty figures.”

On May 6, the UN published data showing that 34,735 people had reportedly been killed in Gaza, including over 9,500 women and over 14,500 children.

On May 8, the UN published data showing 34,844 people had reportedly been killed, including 4,959 women and 7,797 children.

The new figures showed the number of identified deaths as of April 30, which total 24,686 people. The new data also specified that 10,006 men and 1,924 elderly had been killed.

The UN also highlighted that the plurality of identified fatalities were 40% men, while children were 32% and women were 20%.

We have of course known for a long time these figures are as accurate as everything else being claimed by the palestinian Arab side. Even Hamas admitted this, yet only now the UN have revised their estimates.

And the UN are blaming it on the “fog of war”:

JNS asked Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, at a press conference on Friday why the math doesn’t add up. 

“The revisions are taken … you know, of course, in the fog of war, it’s difficult to come up with numbers,” Haq told JNS. “We get numbers from different sources on the ground, and then we try to cross-check them. As we cross-check them, we update the numbers, and we’ll continue to do that as that progresses.”

It’s funny how this “fog” always seems to lead to Israel being blamed for things we didn’t do. Guilty until presumed innocent.

Go figure.

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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
Picture of David Lange

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
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