Gaza: Humanitarian Situation - Question for Short Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 3:03 pm ar 8 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Belgravia Lord Roberts of Belgravia Ceidwadwyr 3:03, 8 Chwefror 2024

My Lords, even if we were to take as accurate Hamas’s statistics and the 27,500 figure—there is no reason why we should; we do not do that with Putin or ISIS—if one subtracts the number of Gazans who have been killed by the quarter or so of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas rockets that fall short, one is left with a less than 2:1 ratio of civilians to Hamas terrorists killed, of whom there have been more than 9,000 so far. War is hell, and every individual civilian death is a tragedy, but—I speak as a military historian—less than 2:1 is an astonishingly low ratio for modern urban warfare where the terrorists routinely use civilians as human shields. It is a testament to the professionalism, ethics and values of the Israel Defense Forces.