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Gaza doctor refutes casualties reported in Cast Lead op
A doctor at Gaza's Shifa Hospital told the Gaza correspondent of the Italian daily Corriere della Sera that the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead might have been 500 or 600, mostly young men between the ages of 17 and 23, "drafted by Hamas, who sent them to the slaughter."
The doctor, who refused to identify himself out of fear for his life, also told the correspondent, Lorenzo Cremonesi: "It might have been like in Jenin in 2002. First they talked about 1,500 dead, and in the end it turned out to be only 54, among them 45 fighters." The doctor said he was surprised that aid groups, including Western ones, reported the numbers without confirming them.
His cousin, Um Abdallah, 48, said: "On almost all the roofs of the tall buildings that were hit by Israeli bombs there were rocket-launchers or Hamas look-outs. They placed them by the U.N. storehouse that burned down."
Originally posted by mattpryor
reply to post by Rook1545
Actually it was reporting something which appeared in an Italian paper, Corriere della Sera.
And Israel's press is independent from the government, what with it being a democracy and all, and few outlets are less sympathetic to the government than Haaretz.