The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7 has surpassed 10,000, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah drawing from sources in the Hamas-controlled enclave.
More than 70% of those killed were children, women and the elderly, while some 24,000 people have been injured, according to the ministry.
On Monday, the Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza said the death toll in the enclave has risen to more than 10,000.
Some background: Israel declared war on Hamas after the Islamist militant group launched a brutal attack on October 7, killing 1,400 in Israel and kidnapping more than 240. Israel retaliated by launching an air and ground offensive on Gaza, vowing to eliminate the militant group.
Thousands more Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the past month than during conflicts with Israel spanning the past 15 years.
The United Nations Human Rights Office said the attacks last week on Gaza’s largest refugee camp “could amount to war crimes” given the scale of casualties and destruction.