The IDF on Thursday announced that of 1166 people killed during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, 709 were identified as Hamas terror operatives. A statement said that the figures were released "in order to remove any doubt regarding he number of Palestinians killed" during the offensive. There were a further 162 names which had as yet not been attributed to any organization. 295 "uninvolved Palestinians" were said to have been killed during the operation, 89 of which were under the age of 16, and 49 of which were women. The statement stressed that Hamas "placed the primary fighting scene at the heart of civilian neighborhoods as it booby-trapped homes, fired from schools, and used civilians as human shields."