“We do our utmost to avoid hitting civilians, and many times we don’t fire because we see civilians nearby,” said Maj. Avital Leibovich, chief [Israeli] army spokeswoman for the foreign media....[G]aza authorities counted 758 fatalities, among them 257 children and 56 women. The injured totaled 3,100; of them 1,080 were children....Three Israeli soldiers were killed in combat; seven other soldiers have died during the military campaign, which is aimed at stopping Hamas rocket fire, and three civilians have been killed by rockets.
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John Ging, who heads United Nations relief operations in Gaza, said...that in none of the events of the past few days — the attacks on the [UN] school or the [UN-flagged] trucks — was there any evidence of cross-fire. He visited the school after the shelling.
“I want an exhaustive investigation to establish all the facts,” he said in a telephone interview. “In the school, [Israeli officials] say two of those killed were militants. But that means 41 were civilians. That is wholly and totally a very serious matter regarding duty of care and appropriate use of force. But I can’t pass judgment without the facts.”
- Gaza Attacks Continue Despite UN Truce Call.

[A] 21-year-old man with shrapnel in his left leg...demanded quick treatment. He turned out to be a militant with Islamic Jihad. He was smiling a big smile. “Hurry, I must get back so I can keep fighting,” he told the doctors.
He was told that there were more serious cases than his, that he needed to wait. But he insisted. “We are fighting the Israelis,” he said. “When we fire we run, but they hit back so fast. We run into the houses to get away.” He continued smiling.
“Why are you so happy?” this reporter asked. “Look around you.”
A girl who looked about 18 screamed as a surgeon removed shrapnel from her leg. An elderly man was soaked in blood. A baby a few weeks old and slightly wounded looked around helplessly. A man lay with parts of his brain coming out. His family wailed at his side.
“Don’t you see that these people are hurting?” the militant was asked.
“But I am from the people, too,” he said, his smile incandescent. “They lost their loved ones as martyrs. They should be happy. I want to be a martyr, too.”
- Fighter sees his paradise in Gaza's pain.
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