3, not 40, were killed by IDF shells at UN Gaza school

Monday, February 16, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Official Israeli army figures obtained by The Jerusalem Post on Monday revealed that a mere three civilians were killed when Israeli shells landed near a UN school in the Gaza Strip on January 6.

At the time, Palestinian sources claimed that the shells had killed 40 civilians, which led to harsh condemnation of Israel by the UN and calls for the Jewish state's offensive against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure to come to an immediate end.

The international media played a major role in this act of defamation by broadcasting Hamas-supplied footage of blood-soaked streets outside the facility.

In the IDF documents released this week, it was again noted that the Israeli fire was in response to terrorist rocket fire emanating from just outside the school.

The documents also estimated that only 12 people were killed by the return fire, and nine of them were members of the targeted terrorist rocket crew.

The survey went on to debunk other exaggerated Palestinian casualty claims, and concluded that no more than one-third of those killed in the Israeli operation were non-combatants.

Army official acknowledged that bringing this information to light a whole month after the war ended would do little to fix the damage done by the initial reports, but stressed that unlike the Palestinians, they are bound to not make official declarations without supporting evidence.

They did, however, get a little help from an Italian reporter who just days after the war ended entered the Gaza Strip and discovered that the Palestinians had been grossly inflating the casualty figures.

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