UN: At Least a Quarter of Slain Gazans are Civilians

Number May Be Far Higher, Spokesman Concedes

Speaking earlier today on the growing death toll in the Gaza Strip, United Nations Relief and Works Agency spokesman Christopher Gunness said that “a minimum of 25 percent of all those killed are civilians,” adding that “it may well be far higher.”

At present count, that would put the minimum civilian toll in the Gaza Strip at roughly 100 killed. 1,900 people have also been reported wounded, though so far there is no breakdown of civilians and militants in the wounded toll.

In the densely populated strip many of the targets of the Israeli attacks, from universities and mosques to police stations, are in residential areas. With both Israel and Egypt keeping their borders closed to civilian refugees the populace has no where to go.

Moreover, the ability to determine which of the slain are actually civilians is difficult. More than half of the official civilian toll is women and children, but only about half of the overall toll has been uniformed Hamas security personnel.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.