In a grim update from the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, the Health Ministry in Gaza, under the control of Hamas, has announced that the death toll has surpassed 15,200. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra shared this shocking figure on Saturday, indicating a significant increase from the previous toll of more than 13,300 dead.
Al-Qidra did not provide detailed information on the sharp jump in the death toll. However, he noted that the ministry had faced connectivity issues and significant disruptions in hospital operations, making it challenging to provide regular updates since November 11. It’s important to note that the ministry does not differentiate between civilians and combatants in its casualty counts.
The latest update comes amid intensified hostilities, with Israel resuming its offensive after a brief truce with Hamas. Al-Qidra reported that more than 40,000 people have been wounded in the conflict.
Notably, the Israeli military has faced criticism for its actions during the conflict, particularly in terms of civilian casualties. The Health Ministry in Gaza revealed that 70% of those killed were women and children, raising concerns about the impact of the conflict on non-combatants.
As Israel intensified its offensive, concerns about civilian casualties have grown, prompting the United States to urge Israel to take all possible measures to protect civilians. The conflict has witnessed a series of truces and renewals of hostilities, adding complexity to the situation.
The ongoing conflict has garnered international attention and raised questions about the humanitarian impact on the people of Gaza. The Health Ministry’s report on the rising death toll underscores the urgent need for diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of the conflict and bring about a lasting ceasefire.
The international community, including leaders from various nations and organizations, continues to closely monitor the situation and calls for a peaceful resolution to prevent further loss of life and suffering. The complex dynamics of the Israel-Hamas conflict make it a challenging issue to navigate, requiring careful consideration and concerted efforts to bring about a sustainable and just resolution.
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