'Legitimate targets' in Gaza and Syria
Kevin Colin Nevin (Letters, August 10) is not comparing like with like when he likens the "more than 1,600 deaths in Syria at the hands of President Bashar Assad in recent weeks [to] the estimated 1,300 Arab fatalities during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza".
The former were entirely civilian in nature, whereas the vast majority in Gaza were, even if not in uniform, military operatives of Hamas.
Those civilians who died were as a direct result of the latter's deliberate policy of locating rocket launchers and other military equipment in schools, hospitals and mosques which explains the reason for what David Morrison (Letters, August 11) misleadingly describes as Israel's "deliberate targeting of civilians, deliberate destruction of civilian buildings and infrastructure . . ."