The exact number of people killed in the Gaza Strip exceeded 9,227 and another 32,000 people were injured, added the official spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, which, like the entire enclave, is controlled by the militant group Hamas. Among the dead Palestinians are 3,826 children and at least 2,062 women. But the data cannot be verified.
Israel records at least 1,400 dead and more than 3,000 wounded after the Hamas attack on October 7. The Israel Defense Forces also said Hamas was holding more than 240 hostages. According to available and unverified data, the number of dead on both sides of the conflict exceeded 10,000, and at least 35,000 people were injured. The United Nations says more than 600,000 Gazans have been displaced since Israel began bombing.
According to the CNN website, the United Nations children’s fund UNICEF said that more than 400 children are killed or injured in Gaza every day as a result of Israeli bombardment. According to various sources, the number of injured children is around 7,600.
“Children have been through too much. The killing and arresting of children must stop. Children are not the targets,” read the statement, released after a second day of deadly Israeli airstrikes on the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza.
“The scenes of carnage emanating from the Jabaliya camp in the Gaza Strip following yesterday’s and today’s renewed attacks are horrific,” UNICEF said. He does not yet have estimates of the number of child victims from the camp. But doctors told CNN that hundreds were injured and killed at the scene, including many children.
“Since the first days of the unprecedented hostilities in the Gaza Strip, UNICEF has been outspoken about the need for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to allow aid to flow and the release of abducted children. Like many others, we have pleaded for an end to the killing of children,” UNICEF spokesman James Elder said earlier at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said nearly 70 percent of those reported killed were children and women. According to Save the Children in Gaza, nearly 3,200 children were killed in the first three weeks, more than the number of children killed annually in the entire world conflict.
The radical Palestinian movement Hamas fired more than 2,500 rockets against Israel in the early morning of Saturday, October 7, 2023, and Palestinian militants penetrated several Israeli towns near the Gaza border. Rocket impacts were reported from both Tel Aviv and other cities.
Eyewitnesses reported shooting in the streets and Israel spoke of a massacre in which Hamas beheaded children and executed civilians. It is not yet known how the attackers from the Gaza Strip managed to cross the heavily guarded border. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht said Hamas entered Israel by land, sea and air. A number of secret service and military officials have claimed responsibility for the attack.
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The leader of the Islamist movement Hamas has confirmed that the armed group has launched a military operation against Israel. Muhammad Daif said that this is the beginning of the “Al-Aqsa Storm” operation. Palestinian militants also managed to penetrate into the city of Sderot, where there were clashes with Israeli forces.
In response to the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned top security officials, formed an emergency government, and the state officially declared war on Hamas. The Israel Defense Forces launched Operation “Iron Swords” and the Israeli Air Force launched a counterattack on Hamas positions in response to the attack.
Later, the Israeli army regained control of all the towns around the Gaza border and secured the border. The Minister of Defense subsequently ordered a total blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel will now attempt to free the captured hostages and has launched a ground invasion of Gaza.
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In the course of the following days, rocket attacks on Israel continued, as well as retaliation by the Israeli air force in the form of bombing hundreds of targets in Gaza. While Western countries mostly express support for Israel, Gaza is supported by, for example, Iran or Saudi Arabia. Non-governmental organizations and the UN are mainly asking for the situation to calm down due to the ever-increasing number of dead civilians. However, there are diplomatic rifts.
States and organizations are also calling for the creation of a humanitarian corridor, as most of the two million residents of the Gaza Strip are dependent on outside aid. Although humanitarian convoys are heading to the area, hospitals in Gaza are still overloaded and struggling with a lack of electricity, and people are running out of food and water.
The UN agency for Palestine refugees says more than 600,000 people have been made homeless. Most of them are hiding in UN hospitals and schools. They have nowhere else to go. Meanwhile, the Israeli army is preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza. The Israeli military has previously said its forces are ready for the next phases of the war, including “combined and coordinated air, sea and land strikes.”