Initial Investigation: Thirteen of the Palestinians killed in Operation Pillar of Defense, up to the night of November 17, were civilians, among them seven children

Published: 
18 Nov 2012

Initial B'Tselem investigations indicate that between the launch of the Israeli military’s “Pillar of Defense” operation on the afternoon of November 14, 2012 and the night of 17 November, 43 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip. Initial investigations indicate that at least 13 of those killed were civilians, among them seven children (five of them toddlers under the age of 4), and two women.

B'Tselem will continue to investigate the incidents in which civilians have been killed in Gaza, and to review reports coming in even now regarding additional incidents in which civilians have been killed or injured.

Three Israelis have been killed in the course of the operation to date, as a result of rocket fire from Gaza by Palestinian militant organizations.