A new Amnesty International report is drawing uncomfortable attention to the massive civilian death toll in Israel’s summer war on the Gaza Strip, saying the Israeli military showed “callous indifference” to civilian casualties in the conflict.
The Amnesty report centered on eight specific cases of Israeli attacks on civilian homes, strikes which killed 104 civilians, including 62 children. They concluded Israel was “brazenly” flouting international law with the attacks.
Israeli officials blasted the report, with the military claiming the strikes were “under review” and that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing in any of the strikes. The foreign ministry complained the attacks on Gaza homes didn’t focus more on war crimes committed by Hamas against Israel, accusing Amnesty of serving “as a propaganda tool for Hamas.”
During the course of the 50-day war, 73 Israelis were killed, though only 6 were civilians. Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, overwhelmingly civilians, were also slain, including over 500 children.