Originally Posted by Taieb el-Okbi
The IDF is winning, yet, according to the hard numbers, its Hamas who has killed more soldiers when compared to civilians, and by a wide margin.
I remembered very well that something like one year after Operation Cast Lead was over, Hamas acknowledged that they had inflated the figures of civilian casualties and corrected their own tally of combatants killed in operations, bringing it up to the same ballpark as the Israeli's own estimations - and putting the lie to the Goldstone report, that had been published before and was based on the previous figures published by the terrorists.
Statistical analyses of the data known about the casualties had soon shown that there was something fishy about the civilian/combatant ratio claimed by Hamas with regard to that round of operations.
I waited a while for some dust to settle and I'll now look for similar statistical analysis concerning this latest round. I have already found something pretty telling about those allegedly "hard" numbers some simple souls believe in, even though they come from Hamas. A tally that was done pretty much immediately:
"Scrutiny of Palestinian figures in the current conflict reveals a spike in fatalities among males ages 21 to 27 and an over-representation from ages 17 to 30. Data gleaned from the daily reports of the PCHR show that from July 8, the start of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge,” through July 26, 404 out of 915 fatalities tallied from daily reports in which the ages were identified occurred among males ages 17 to 30, comprising 44% of all fatalities among a group representing about 10% of Gazans.
Expanding the age range from 17 to 39 and including those identified as combatants whose ages were not given increases that number to 551 fatalities, or 57% of all fatalities, even though this group represents less than one-sixth of Gazans. By contrast, adult female fatalities were less than 10% of total fatalities for a group that comprises a quarter of the total population.
Children, here defined as those under age 17, represented 194 of fatalities, 20% of the total. Any child fatality is a tragedy, but it is important to note that children make up over half the population of Gaza."
I think I'll keep looking for this sort of serious analysis.