JERUSALEM: Israeli deputy foreign minister Ze’ev Elkin accepted that at least 53 percent deaths of civilians occurred in ongoing conflict in Gaza, New York Times reported on Saturday.
Israel’s deputy foreign minister claimed the country has evidences to prove that 47 percent of Palestinians killed in Gaza war were combatants, however, still his statistics failed to essay less civilian casualties in the war.
Elkin tried to back his country against international allegations of heavy civilian death ratio during 25-day-old fight going on in Gaza strip.
Gaza’s human rights groups claimed that more than 1600 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli ground and air attacks while at least 80 percent of them were non-combatants including a large number of children and women.
Israel blamed that Hamas fighters invite the civilian casualties by launching severe attacks on Israeli territory.
Moreover, Israel’s Minister of Intelligence and Nuclear Affairs Tzachi Hanegbi also claimed that 47% of the fatalaties are terrorists and the data can be presented to the investigators.
Despite the claims made by the lawmakers, Israel rejected to allow the international probe under supervision of U.N. Human Rights Council by describing it biased as the UN council accused Israel in ‘disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks’ in Gaza.