Gaza: A Boiling Pot Waiting to Explode

(Jerusalem Post) Yaakov Katz - The amount of weaponry the IDF believes has been smuggled into Gaza in 2011 has increased 15-20% in comparison to the previous year, as a result of the revolutions in Egypt and Libya. The IDF is primarily concerned about sophisticated, Russian-made antitank missiles, such as the laser-guided Kornet, and shoulder-to-air missiles, like those that have gone missing from Libyan warehouses. During the past year along the Gaza border, the IDF says 100 Palestinian combatants were killed in military operations, as well as 9 civilians. This is nearly a 1:10 civilian-to-combatant ratio that is unprecedented in any other conflict in the world. The UN estimates an average 3:1 ratio of civilian-to-combatant deaths in conflicts worldwide. That is three civilians for every combatant killed.

2011-12-29 00:00:00

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