“Let’s be careful about how we are assessing the numbers coming out of Gaza” — White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe in response to press question regarding Palestinian civilian casualties in the Israeli bombardment.

The latest, widely reported numbers put the death toll at more than 375 — The U.N has reported at least 50 of those killed were civilians. More than 1,600 Palestinians have been wounded, according to reports.

Though the administration urges Israel to “avoid” civilian casualties, it would be irresponsible to take any reported civilian tolls at face value, says Johndroe.

Plus, the spokesman adds, “what about the three people I heard were killed in Israel today?”