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 686 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 23 July at 8:00 P.M.*
The fatalities include:
163 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities)
69 women (under age 60)
38 senior citizens (aged 60 and over)
Initial findings indicate that 153 of the people killed participated in the hostilities.
Two Israeli civilians and one foreign national were killed within Israel during this time, and 32 soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel.
* There are incidents that took place by this time with respect to which B'Tselem has not yet received information. For example, B'Tselem has incomplete information with regard to persons killed in a-Shuja’iyeh neighborhood on 19-20 July 2014. We continue to investigate and figures will be updated according to information received.