In the last two centuries civilian deaths in all wars outnumbered the deaths of combatants. When armies killed each other with arrows, lances and swords this was not so Explosives and automatic weaponry tend to be non-discriminatory in their lethelsness and choice of targets.There are no "clean wars" and any army that aspires to such a foolish notion is only endangering its own soldiers. When Hamas unleashed the rockets upon the inhabitants of the Negev, it knew very well that when the IDF would retaliate, it would do so ferociously and Gazan civilians would die in the onslaught. The lack of sensitivity to the suffering of their own citizenry reveals the nature of the beast ruling Gaza.
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from the article: Rights group: Most Gazans killed in war were civilians