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CBC Issues Clarification: Israel Disputes UN Figures on Gaza Casualties

by Mike Fegelman
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On December 19, CBC.ca published a report from the Canadian Press which stated the following: “The 50-day war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, says the UN. In Israel, 72 people were killed, most of them soldiers.”

What wasn’t mentioned in this report is that Israel disputes the claims that most of the 2,100 Palestinians dead were civilians, saying that half were legitimate combatants, mostly from Hamas.

In fact, based on our efforts, CBC’s Ombudsman found in November that reporting on these statistics must include the competing claims.

In light of this information, we asked Marissa Nelson, CBC News.ca’s Managing Editor to include Israel’s claims that half of the dead Palestinians were combatants in this report.

We are pleased to note that the report has been amended and it now states the following: “The 50-day war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, says the UN. Israel disputes the UN numbers and insists that up to half the Palestinian fatalities were enemy combatants. In Israel, 72 people were killed, most of them soldiers.”

As well, the following clarification was issued:

 

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