Wednesday Aug 06, 201405:56 PM GMT
Over 1,600 Israeli troops injured in Gaza war: Media

Israeli media reports say dozens of Israeli soldiers have been killed and over 1,600 wounded as the result of Tel Aviv's offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli officials say at least 1,620 soldiers have been injured during violent clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters over the past few weeks.
 
The Israeli media outlets put the number of civilians injured during the onslaught at above 680. They were injured after Palestinian resistance fighters fired barrage of rockets into Israel in retaliation for deadly attacks on the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

Israeli military also says it lost nearly 64 troops in clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters, but Hamas says near 150 Israeli soldiers have been killed, which is seen as the heaviest loss of life for the Israeli military in years.

Israel has so far kept the public in the dark about the exact number of casualties. 

The rising death toll of Israeli forces during the ongoing assault on Gaza has prompted growing opposition to the war among the Israeli public.

Thousands of Israelis have held several rallies against Tel Aviv’s war on Gaza over the past few days. Demonstrators from left-wing and anti-war have strongly criticized authorities for dragging Israel into repeated wars and military actions.

A recent survey by the Israeli institute, Panels Politics, revealed that 66 percent of Israel’s public believes the war did not achieve its objectives. This comes as Israeli forces have retreated from Gaza, claiming that they have achieved their main goals.

The Israeli military aggression has also taken the lives of more than 1,875 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and wounded over 9,600 others in Gaza since July 8.

The UN Human Rights Council says it has launched an international inquiry into Israel’s violations of human rights in its month-long war on the Palestinian territory.

JR/SS

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