Thursday, January 22, 2009

Gaza Doctor Says Death Toll Exaggerated

From Ynetnews.com - Gaza doctor says death toll inflated.

Highlights:
Physician at Gaza's Shifa Hospital tells Italian newspaper number of dead in Israeli offensive 'stands at no more than 500 or 600, most of them youths recruited to Hamas' ranks'. Senior Palestinian Health Ministry official denies claims, IDF estimate on 1,200 casualties in Strip remains unchanged.

"The number of deceased stands at no more than 500 to 600. Most of them are youths between the ages of 17 to 23 who were recruited to the ranks of Hamas, who sent them to the slaughter," according to the newspaper article.

The doctor wished to remain unidentified, out of fear for his life.

A senior Palestinian Health Ministry official later denied the claims, and the Israel Defense Forces' estimate on the number of casualties in Gaza has also remained unchanged.

Despite the claims, the IDF stood behind its estimate that between 1,100 to 1,200 people were killed in the Strip during the fighting, more than two-thirds of them Hamas members.

The reporter for the Italian newspaper also quoted reporters in the Strip who told of Hamas' exaggerated figures, "We have already said to Hamas commanders – why do you insist on inflating the number of victims?"

These same reporters mentioned that the truth that will come out is likely to be similar to what occurred in Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin. "Then, there was first talk of 1,500 deaths. But then it turned out that there were only 54, 45 of which were armed men," the Palestinian reporters told the Italian newspaper.

No surprise; the Palestinian terrorist organizations are always inflating the casualty figures in a lame attempt to gain international sympathy.

3 comments:

Jeff Shaw said...

Well, its just like Jack Sparrow said in the Pirates of the Carribean, when he was asked if he was lying. His matter of fact reply was something like "Hello? I'm a pirate."

All's fair in love and war.

You've got a great blog here. I wonder why I haven't seen it before?

BTW, are you serious about never getting the hang of Sautille?

MuskogeePolitico said...

Well, I'd actually not been on yours until today. I'd seen it, but never visited.

I've never done well with any off-the-string bowing, for some reason. I actually have a song I'm working on right now that uses a bit of Sautille.

Jeff Shaw said...

It's amazing how many talented people we have here in Oklahoma.

Take Care.