Palestinian boys look on as they inspect the rubble of a house after it was destroyed by an Israeli military strike in the Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, on August 9, 2014. AFP photo/Mahmud Hams
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In the grisly math of the Israel-Hamas war, conflicting counts of combatants and civilians killed in Gaza are emerging -- with the ratio perhaps more important to shaping international opinion of the monthlong conflict than any final toll.The U.N. and rights groups operating in Gaza say about three-quarters of the around 1,900 Palestinians killed were civilians, including 450 children, with many perishing in strikes that killed several family members at a time.Israel estimates that between 40-50 percent of those killed in Gaza were fighters.In explaining the civilian casualties, Israel has accused Gaza fighters of launching attacks from crowded residential areas.Adelstein did not provide Israel's definition of a Hamas member.In this war, four smaller groups, including Islamic Jihad, announced a total of 43 deaths, presumably a partial count.
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