Study: Majority of Palestinians killed in recent Gaza conflict were civilians


(JTA) — A majority of Palestinian fatalities in the fighting between Israel and Hamas last November were civilians, according to a B’Tselem report.

The Israeli human rights group on Thursday said 87 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israel during the two-week long Operation Pillar of Defense, 62 were militants and the role of 11 others could not be determined.

Some 80 percent of civilian deaths occurred during the last four days of the conflict.

B’Tselem said Hamas executed seven Palestinian men for allegedly collaborating with Israel. One Palestinian woman died from a stray rocket fired by Palestinian militants and five others were killed under similar circumstances, though the cause of their deaths could not be confirmed.

B’Tselem said its figures were based on months of field research and crosschecking data.

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