Nye opplysninger om tap for Hamas og andre terrororganisasjoner viser at rundt halvparten av de 1.400 som Israel drepte i krigen desember 2008/januar 2009, var medlemmer av disse organisasjonene.

A senior Hamas official admitted Monday that up to 300 fighters had been killed in the 2008-09 Gaza war after the Islamist group initially put the toll at 48.

Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad told the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat that between 200 and 300 Hamas fighters had been killed during the 22-day onslaught in addition to hundreds of civilians.

“They say the people suffered from this war, but is Hamas not part of the people? On the first day of the war Israel targeted police stations and 250 martyrs were killed, from Hamas and other factions,” he told the paper.

“In addition to them, between 200 and 300 fighters from the Al-Qassam Brigades [Hamas’s armed wing] and another 150 security forces were martyred.”

His numbers roughly match the 709 “terror operatives” the Israeli military said it had killed during the fighting, which included members of the Hamas-run police force that has patrolled Gaza since the group seized power in 2007.


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