Palestinian death toll soars past 25,000 in Gaza

The death toll in Gaza resulting from the conflict between Israel and Hamas has surpassed 25,000 over the course of three months, as reported by the Gaza Health Ministry on Sunday.

In the last 24 hours alone, Gaza’s hospitals received at least 178 bodies and nearly 300 injured individuals, according to Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra.

The United Nations emphasizes that women and children are the primary victims in the Israel-Hamas war.

The conflict began when Hamas initiated a surprise attack on Israel on October 7, resulting in the death of approximately 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and the taking of around 250 hostages, including men, women, and children.

In response, Israel launched a three-week air campaign followed by a ground invasion into northern Gaza, leading to the destruction of entire neighborhoods.

Current ground operations are concentrated in the southern city of Khan Younis and refugee camps in central Gaza dating back to the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation.

Approximately 85% of Gaza’s population has fled their homes, seeking refuge in U.N.-run shelters and tent camps in the southern part of the coastal enclave.

U.N. officials state that a quarter of the population, amounting to 2.3 million, is facing starvation due to limited humanitarian aid entering the area amidst the ongoing conflict and Israeli restrictions.

As per Gaza’s Health Ministry, since October 7, a total of 25,105 Palestinians have been killed, and 62,681 have been wounded. The ministry doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants in its death toll but notes that approximately two-thirds of those killed were women and minors.

The Israeli military claims to have killed around 9,000 militants, attributing the high civilian death toll to Hamas’ engagement in densely populated residential areas.

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has pledged to continue the offensive until Hamas is dismantled, and all hostages are released.

During a weeklong ceasefire in November, nearly half of the captives were released in exchange for scores of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. Israel asserts that approximately 130 captives remain, with only around 100 believed to still be alive.

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