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IDF estimates 27 civilians killed in Gaza fighting, 15 by terror group’s rocket misfires

Palestinians salvage belongings from the rubble of their home, following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, on August 7, 2022. Israel says it is conducting strikes on terror targets while terror groups fire rockets at Israel. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
Palestinians salvage belongings from the rubble of their home, following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, on August 7, 2022. Israel says it is conducting strikes on terror targets while terror groups fire rockets at Israel. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)

In a briefing to reporters, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson says the military believes 51 people were killed in Gaza during the most recent round of fighting, 24 of them from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

The military says its figures are estimates.

According to the military, 16 people people uninvolved in the hostilities were killed by Gazan rockets which fell short.

A further 11 people were killed who were not affiliated with terror groups, meaning that a total of 27 Gazan civilians — including a number of children — were killed in the fighting.

The military believes it killed 24 terrorists from the Islamic Jihad terror group.

“More Palestinians were killed by the failed firing by Islamic Jihad than by the firing of the IDF,” spokesman Ran Kochav says.

Kochav says “lessons will be learnt” in the wake of the killing of the 11 people not directly involved in the fighting.

The military also says approximately 1,100 rockets were fired toward Israel by terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Approximately 200 rockets fell short of their targets and landed in the Gaza Strip, the military says.

The Iron Dome missile defense system had a 96 percent success rate, the IDF says.

The IDF says it carried out strikes on approximately 170 targets linked to Palestinian Islamic Jihad, including senior officials and activists of the terror group.

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