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The Israel war on Gaza by numbers: Day 27

AFP , Sunday 3 Aug 2014
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A Palestinian woman walks past buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 3, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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The current round of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began on July 8 and expanded with an Israeli ground assault on July 17.

Here is a summary of the main numbers on day 27 of the operation:

DEATH TOLL

In Gaza, 1,766 Palestinians have been killed and another 9,320 wounded since the start of the Israeli offensive, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in an update at 1220 GMT.

Figures released by the UN humanitarian agency OCHA, which were correct as at 1200 GMT on August 2 gave a total of 1,525 dead.

Of the 1,196 killed whose identities could be verified, 1,033 were civilians, nearly 84 percent, OCHA said. The number includes 329 children and 187 women.

Of the Palestinians killed, 191 were members of armed groups.

On the other side, 66 Israelis have been killed, including 64 soldiers, all of whom have died since the ground offensive began. Most have died in fighting in southern Gaza but others were killed by militants who managed to infiltrate southern Israel.

Among them is a soldier who was believed captured during an ambush in southern Gaza but who was declared dead by the army on August 2. Another 1,520 soldiers have been admitted to hospitals since the conflict began.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed by cross-border rocket fire, which also claimed the life of a Thai agricultural worker.

DISPLACED

OCHA says up to 475,000 people are believed displaced, among them 259,321 who are sheltering in 90 schools run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

Another 200,000 people are believed to be staying with host families, while thousands more are sheltering in government schools.

ROCKETS

According to Israel's army figures as at 1200 GMT, militants since July 8 have fired 3,160 rockets, of which 2,483 hit Israel while 559 were intercepted by its Iron Dome anti-missile defences.

STRIKES

Israel says it has struck 4,626 targets across the Gaza Strip in the 27-day operation.

DESTRUCTION

At least 12 hospitals have been damaged since the start of the conflict, of which five have been closed down. Fourteen primary health clinics have also been damaged and 34 out of Gaza's 75 clinics have been shut down, OCHA says.

And nearly 900 houses have been totally destroyed or severely damaged, it says.

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Jack Epstein
04-08-2014 05:09am
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Casualty figures don't add up
Your article presents the Hamas/UN casualty breakdown, despite a history of deliberate and significant distortion in previous conflicts. According to Richard Kemp, in Jerusalem "I have been told by a reliable source that on average, 15 people per day die in Gaza of natural causes. We're now on Day 26 of Operation Protective Edge. That means you can probably knock out 390 casualties (26 x 15) already. " And then there's the disproportionately large number of males age 18-39 in the civilian casualty totals. Last time Hamas understated its militant deaths threefold. This time the distortion seems even larger. Why no mention of the above in your otherwise balanced and factual article ?
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