2009 was bloodiest in 20 years for Palestinians

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says the Palestinian conflict has left almost 8,900 people dead over the last 20 years—with 2009 the bloodiest. The report says 7,398 of the victims, including 1,537 minors, were Palestinian. 1,483 were Israelis, 139 of them minors. Of these, 488 were members of the security forces and 995 were civilians.

2009 was by far the bloodiest year for the Palestinians; 1033 were killed, including 355 minors. Most of them died during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip in January. 2002, during the second Intifada, was the deadliest year for Israel. B’Tselem says 420 Israelis, 151 of them soldiers, were killed in that year. The report was published to coincide with B’Tselem’s 20th anniversary. (Radio Netherlands, Nov. 22)

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