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Tue Dec 5, 2023, 09:01 PM Dec 5

Israel's assessment on civilian-Hamas militant fatality ratio is "dead wrong", US Rep. Seth Moulton says [View all]

From CNN's Mitchell McCluskey

US Rep. Seth Moulton told CNN's Erin Burnett he disagrees with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson Jonathan Conricus' assessment that two civilians killed for every Hamas militant is a "tremendously positive" ratio.

"No I think it's dead wrong," Moulton said.

Moulton, a member of the House Armed Services Committee who served in Iraq, cited a study commissioned by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which said for every civilian killed, about 10 terrorists are recruited.

"By that number, Israel so far killed about 5,000 Hamas terrorists but in the process they've recruited about 100,000 new adherents. And this is bad news for Israel," Moutlon said.
The congressman added that in a poll conducted just before October 7, six out of 10 Gaza residents indicated that they did not support Hamas.

"Israel was actually going into a favorable situation where most of the Palestinians were against Hamas as well. The concern is they've actually turned most of the Palestinians against Israel," Moulton said.


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