Hamas Admits Incomplete Data on Third of Claimed Gaza Deaths, Prompting UK Watchdog Review

Hamas admits lacking data on a third of Gaza deaths, prompting UK watchdog to examine casualty figures amid escalating Israel-Gaza conflict and tensions with Iran.

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Hamas Admits Incomplete Data on Third of Claimed Gaza Deaths, Prompting UK Watchdog Review

Hamas Admits Incomplete Data on Third of Claimed Gaza Deaths, Prompting UK Watchdog Review

Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, has acknowledged that it lacks complete data on a third of the claimed deaths in Gaza during the ongoing conflict with Israel. This admission has prompted the UK statistics watchdog to examine the reliability of the casualty figures provided by the terrorist organization.

The revelation comes amid escalating violence in the region, with a recent Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah killing at least nine people, including six children. The strike hit the Tel Sultan neighborhood, where Israel insists many Hamas militants are hiding despite international calls for restraint.

According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, the Palestinian death toll from the war has reached at least 34,049, with 76,901 wounded. The ministry claims that at least two-thirds of the victims have been children and women, though it does not differentiate between combatants and civilians in its count. Israel, however, blames Hamas for civilian casualties, asserting that the group embeds itself within the population.

Why this matters: The reliability of casualty figures in the Israel-Gaza conflict has significant implications for international perception and diplomatic efforts. Accurate reporting of civilian deaths is critical for assessing the proportionality of military actions and holding parties accountable for potential war crimes.

The ongoing war has also led to a dramatic escalation of tensions between Israel and Iran, with alleged Israeli strikes on Iranian targets and Iran's response with missile attacks on Israel. In the occupied West Bank, an Israeli army raid in the Nur Shams refugee camp killed at least three militants and a 15-year-old boy, while a Palestinian ambulance driver was shot dead near Sawiya town while trying to reach injured Palestinians during clashes with Israeli settlers.

The UK Statistics Authority's investigation into the reliability of Hamas's casualty figures comes after several academics questioned the accuracy of the data. "The former attorney general has cautioned that these figures cannot be trusted, particularly given Hamas's admission of incomplete records for a significant portion of the claimed deaths," a spokesperson for the watchdog stated. As the conflict continues, the international community remains concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the need for a peaceful resolution.

Key Takeaways

  • Hamas admits lacking data on a third of Gaza deaths during conflict with Israel.
  • UK statistics watchdog to examine reliability of Hamas's casualty figures.
  • Recent Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills 9, including 6 children, amid escalating violence.
  • Gaza death toll reaches 34,049, with 76,901 wounded, according to Hamas-run ministry.
  • Accurate casualty reporting critical for assessing proportionality and potential war crimes.