Civilian deaths in Gaza are the news [Letter]

You didn't write the July 21 story about the war in Gaza (McClatchy did), but your copy desk had control over the headline: ""Sharp rise in Gaza deaths; 13 Israeli soldiers, 70 others killed; Kerry to seek end to fighting." What a shame to see that the 70 Palestinians — most of them civilians, many of them children! — were reduced to "others" in your headline.

Soldiers put themselves on the front line and are often casualties of war; their death is not headline news when in the same story innocent civilians are being mowed down by the dozens.

The headline should speak to the disproportionate number of innocent civilians killed. In the future, your headlines should put civilian casualties first and soldiers second.

Samieh Shalash, Richmond, Va.

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