When David is the Goliath

by Michael O. Allen on January 9, 2009

Israel Has Killed 3 Times As Many Civilians As They Have Hamas Fighters

Gaza Children Found With Mothers’ Corpses By ALAN COWELL

PARIS — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had discovered “shocking” scenes — including small children next to their mothers’ corpses — when its representatives gained access for the first time to parts of Gaza battered by Israeli shelling. It accused Israel of failing to meet obligations to care for the wounded in areas of combat.

(Photo by Hatem Moussa/Associated Press) Palestinians gathered to receive flour at a United Nations food distribution center in Gaza City on Thursday.

(Photo by Hatem Moussa/Associated Press) Palestinians gathered to receive flour at a United Nations food distribution center in Gaza City on Thursday.

In response, the Israeli military did not comment directly on the allegation. In a statement, it accused Hamas, its foe in Gaza, of deliberately using “Palestinian civilians as human shields” and said the Israeli Army “works in close cooperation with international aid organizations during the fighting so that civilians can be provided with assistance.”

The Israeli military “in no way intentionally targets civilians and has demonstrated its willingness to abort operations to save civilian lives and to risk injury in order to assist innocent civilians,” the statement said, promising that “any serious allegation” would “need to be investigated properly, once such a complaint is received formally, within the constraints of the current military operation.”

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