UN REPORT: Israel doing utmost to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ report confirms that Jerusalem is doing everything it can to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza, while Hamas gov’t in Gaza does the opposite.

By Ryan Jones


A United Nations report has confirmed that Israel is doing its utmost to avoid collateral damage in the Gaza Strip while fighting an enemy that uses its civilian population as a human shield.

IAF strike on Gaza - Photo: EPA

IAF strike on Gaza – Photo: EPA

The situation report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) notes that while Israel has carried out over 900 strikes against Gaza, the majority of civilian casualties resulted from the specific targeting of a few dozens homes either belonging to senior Hamas terrorists, or which were used by the group to hide missiles and other weapons.

The report goes on to point out that in regards to the targeting of these homes, “in most cases, prior to the attacks, residents have been warned to leave, either via phone calls by the Israel military or by the firing of warning missiles.”

This corroborates the Israeli army’s assertion that it is going out of its way in a manner no other military force in the world would in order to avoid harming the civilians behind which its enemies are hiding.

The following video of an Israeli pilot calling off an air strike because he spots what appear to be children in the vicinity demonstrates this policy:

Israel’s efforts in this area have also been confirmed and praised by the mainstream international media.

“By the standards of war, Israel’s efforts to spare civilians have been exemplary,” wrote Slate’s William Saletan.

Sadly, despite Israel’s best efforts, civilian casualties in Gaza are expected to climb after Hamas suggested that anyone heeding the Israeli warnings could be accused of “cooperating” with the Zionists.

Also of note is that the UN report acknowledged that the current flare-up started with Hamas and its allies escalating their rocket fire against Israel, and that the Jewish state only responded militarily after two days of sustained Palestinian assaults.

Arab officials and media have been trying hard to sidestep that fact.


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