The health ministry of Hamas-ruled Gaza said the death toll had crossed the 15,200 mark. 70 percent of the dead are women and children. The figure was announced by ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra on Saturday. He did not give further details regarding this. Earlier, the ministry had said in its earlier statement that more than 13,300 people had died. But Kidra did not say anything about the reason for this increase in numbers. The ministry does not differentiate between civilians and combatants.
More than 40 thousand people injured
Ashraf al-Qidra said that more than 40 thousand people were injured. After a week-long ceasefire with Hamas, Israel has stepped up attacks again, raising concerns again about more civilian casualties. However, America has asked its ally Israel to take all possible steps to protect civilians. Israel carried out several attacks on the Khan Younis area of southern Gaza on Saturday. The army said it attacked more than 50 Hamas positions during this period using aerial bombardment, tanks and its navy.
Israel asked common people to evacuate the area
According to the United Nations, the military dropped leaflets on Friday night the day before warning residents to leave the area, but there were no reports of large numbers of people leaving. “There is nowhere to go,” lamented Imad Hajar, who fled the northern city of Beit Lahiya with his wife and three children to seek refuge in Khan Yunis a month ago. He said Israeli forces had earlier They drove us from the North and now they are pressurizing us to leave the Southern region.
Israel targeted more than 400 targets in Gaza
The Israeli military said it also struck in the north, hitting more than 400 targets across the Gaza Strip. The entire population of Gaza (about 2 million people) is confined to the southern part of the territory, where Israel has now requested people to move to other places at the beginning of the war. The only way out for people unable to reach northern Gaza or neighboring Egypt is now to wander within just a 220 square kilometer area. Egypt has expressed concern that with the resumption of war, Palestinians may try to enter their country.
We are only targeting terrorists – Israeli Army
Israel says it is targeting Hamas fighters and has accused the militants of causing civilian casualties. Israel alleges that terrorists are operating from residential areas. Israel says 77 of its soldiers have been killed in a ground attack in northern Gaza, but it claims to have killed thousands of terrorists but has provided no evidence of this.
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