Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday said every Palestinian killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip in the past four and a half months was a member of the Hamas terrorist group, apparently including a number of women and children in his overview of the fatalities.
“Since the start of the ‘March of Return’ events, Hamas has sustained 168 deaths, 4,348 injured and dozens of terror facilities destroyed,” Liberman said, referring to a series of organized protests and clashes along the Gaza border.
A spokesperson for the defense minister’s office confirmed to The Times of Israel that Liberman’s intention was to state that all 168 people killed were Hamas members.
Senior officers gave a different report, saying that while most of the fatalities were members of Hamas and other terror groups, many of the deaths were not deliberate, but were the result of shots that missed their mark and other unintended consequences of using live fire.
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