A Palestinian human rights researcher, Ahmed Betawi of the International Foundation for Human Rights, reported Wednesday that Israeli forces killed 167 Palestinians this month..

The total number of Palestinians that Israeli forces killed in 2006 is now at 357.Betwawi says that July is the year’s bloodiest month.

According to the latest statistics, since Israeli forces began their “Operation Summer Rain,” against the Gaza Strip, 170 Palestinians are dead in the Gaza Strip alone, including a large number of children.

The International Foundation for Human Rights reports that Israeli forces killed 17 Palestinians in the first month of 2006, 34 killed in February, 13 killed in March, 33 killed in April, 47 killed in May, and 53 killed in June. And then came July.