Israel's aerial bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip has caused, in percentage terms, "the highest number of civilian casualties of all the wars of the twentieth century." This is estimated by a study by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
The data shows that "in the three previous campaigns in Gaza, between 2012 and last year, the ratio of civilian deaths to total killed in airstrikes was around 40 percent, falling to 33 percent earlier this year."
In the first three weeks of the current operation, "the percentage of civilians in the total number of deaths has risen to 61 percent," says Haaretz, which speaks of "unprecedented" figures. The New York Times has already pointed out that the percentage of civilians killed is higher than that of the conflicts fought by US military forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
"The conclusion is that the extensive killings of civilians not only contribute in no way to Israel's security, but also contain the basis for further weakening it," writes Haaretz. "Gazans emerging from the ruins of their homes and the loss of their families will seek revenge that no security system will be able to bear."
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