Palestinian doctor blames Hamas for civilian deaths

Disputes estimate that more than 1,200 Palestinians were killed in Israeli offensive

A Palestinian doctor working at Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital has disputed the widely-reported estimate that more than 1,200 Palestinians – at least half that number said to be civilians – died in the recent Israeli offensive. “It’s possible that the death toll in Gaza was 500 or 600 at the most, mainly youths aged 17 to 23 who were enlisted by Hamas – who sent them to their deaths,” he said. The doctor also reportedly said other Palestinians have complained that Hamas forced them to stay in their homes while Hamas fighters shot at Israeli soldiers.