are so thoughtless about the lives of local citizens, stationing them as human shields in military confrontations, might be the high fertility rate in the enclave.
Just after the Six Day War in 1967, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics supervised a census there (and West Bank) (http://www.levyinstitute.org/palestinian-census/). It counted 356,261 residents. After 49 years, this population increased by 561 percent, or averaged 11.5% yearly rise !!