DOHA/GAZA: The toll of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7 has passed 25,000, health officials in the enclave said on Sunday, amid heavy Israeli strikes and street battles raging across the Strip.
Israeli forces and Hamas fighters clashed in several locations, from Jabalia in the north to Khan Younis farther south.
Gaza’s health ministry said 178 Palestinians were killed in the past 24 hours, one of the deadliest days so far of the war. Israel’s military said a soldier was killed in fighting.
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A total of 25,105 Palestinians have been killed and 62,681 have been injured in Israeli strikes since October 7, the Gaza ministry said in a statement.
Israel launched its campaign to what it called to eliminate Hamas after the group burst into Israel on October 7 and rampaged through southern towns and bases killing 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and dragging 253 hostages back to the enclave, according to Israeli figures.
Israeli forces have said they have cleared much of northern Gaza of Hamas’ network and more than a million residents of that part of the enclave have moved south to flee the bombardment. However, fighting has continued in the Jabalia refugee camp and other areas around Gaza City.
Palestinian still in the area described dire conditions.
“We struggle to survive bombs, but frankly we try to survive hunger more. Finding food for the family, for the children, has become a more challenging adventure than surviving war,” Amer, 32, a father of three who lives in northern Gaza, told Reuters. He messaged via eSIM card, Gazans’ only tool to connect with the outside world amid a ninth day of disruptions to communications.
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The price of flour, for example, has surged along with other food items that are hard to come by in the already impoverished territory.
“Amid the famine threatening residents of northern Gaza, the people began to grind what is available to make flour, starting with corn and reaching to animal food,” Anas Al-Sharif, a Palestinian freelance journalist reporting from northern Gaza, posted on X.