a noncombatant is not necessarily a civilian. A Hamas policeman is not like your neighborhood traffic cop handing out speeding tickets. They claim a noncombatant did not take part in combat?when? that day? the day before?How do you verify who was a civilian-- well if you have the palestinians say so of course-- or if they say he did not have a weapon or uniform on him when brought into the hospital? So if an Israeli soldier is killed but did not see combat that day according to this definition he/she is a noncombatant! A civilian! Are all those under 16 males? if not so, then why list the number of women separately? for effect of course. Under 16 have been often used by Hamas in the past-- so why are all "civilians" here? I have to wonder if anyone who died in Gaza in those 3 weeks is considered to have died a natural death, or if all dead were claimed to be "shaheed" to collect a payment from Hamas.
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from the article: Rights group: Most Gazans killed in war were civilians