More than 10,000 killed in Gaza, Hamas-controlled health ministry says, as condemnation of Israel’s campaign grows
According to the Hamas-controlled Palestinian health ministry, over 10,000 people have been killed in the 9-year-long conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Of those killed, the majority have been civilians including over 3,000 children, according to the UN.
The death toll in Gaza has been widely condemned by the international community with the UN Human Rights Council passing a resolution opening an inquiry into potential war crimes committed by the Israeli military. The US, a longstanding ally of Israel, has also expressed concerns about the number of civilian casualties and urged both sides to show restraint, while urging the international community to work towards a lasting peace.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended his country’s actions, saying that the military remains mindful of innocent lives loss and that its operations have targeted Hamas’ military structure.
The conflict in Gaza has caused a humanitarian crisis, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced and in need of aid. Additionally, the violence has completely destroyed or damaged many homes, schools, and medical facilities, leaving many of the poorest in the area unable to receive the essentials they need.