Member of emergency services crew in Gaza; background: house bombed on 10 July 2014. Photo: Ahmad Zakut, Reuters.
According to B'Tselem's initial figures, at least 505 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel in the time between early Tuesday, 8 July 2014, when Operation Protective Edge airstrikes on Gaza began until the 21 July at 9PM.*
The fatalities include:
140 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities)
56 women (under age 60)
28 senior citizens (aged 60 and over)
Initial findings indicate that 102 of the people killed participated in the hostilities.
Two Israeli civilians were killed within Israel during this time, and 27 soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel.
* All figures B’Tselem has are current as of the time mentioned above, with the exception of figures on Palestinians killed in the Khan Yunis area, which are current as of 21 July 2014, 12 noon.
* These figures do not include all Palestinians killed in a-Shuja’iyeh on 19 and 20 July 2014.
* Another soldier is considered missing.