Thursday, January 22, 2009
Gaza Figures May Be Inflated
An Italian newspaper is quoting a doctor in the Gaza as saying that the numbers of casualties reported during the three week Israeli incursion are inflated.
The doctor says the actual number of deaths is closer to 500-600 people. And that most of the fatalities were young men, described by the physician, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, as fighters recruited by Hamas.
While undoubtedly there were civilian casualties and while these deaths cannot be minimized, it is reprehensible to inflate the figures. The facts, the real facts, stand for themselves.
Of course, it was difficult during the assault, to get independent figures. Foreign correspondents were barred by Israel from entering the Gaza. News agencies protested. Israel claimed the move was made to protect the reporters.
But when you see "dead people" waving when they think the camera has stopped, doctors staging hospital scenes for cameras and inflated figures, the truth dies along with the victims.
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