US military chief: Israel went to 'extraordinary lengths' to limit civilian casualties in Gaza

November 7, 2014 01:10

WASHINGTON - The highest-ranking US military officer said on Thursday that Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to limit civilian casualties in the recent war in Gaza and that the Pentagon had sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the operation.

Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged recent reports criticizing civilian deaths during the 50-day Gaza war this year but told an audience in New York he thought the IDF "did what they could" to avoid civilian casualties.Israel was criticized for civilian deaths during the conflict, including by the White House. More than 2,100 Palestinians were reportedly killed during the fighting, most of them civilians and many of them children, according to UN and Palestinian figures.

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