Gaza (Middle East) : Gaza's government media office has announced that the Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip has exceeded 13,000 since the Israel-Hamas conflict erupted on October 7. Ismail al-Thawabta, the director general of the media office, said on Sunday at a press conference that among the dead were 5,500 children and 3,500 women, while more than 30,000 others were seriously injured.
Al-Thawabta added that the number of missing persons has surpassed 6,000, including 4,000 children and women still under the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israeli attacks, Xinhua news agency reported. Israel has been carrying out attacks on Gaza over the past weeks to retaliate against the Hamas surprise attack on southern Israel on October 7, during which Hamas militants killed about 1,200 people and took more than 200 hostages.
Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers discovered 35 tunnel shafts and seized weapons in northern Gaza, the Israel Defence Forces announced on Sunday. The shafts and tunnels were discovered during raids on the homes of Hamas officials in Gaza's upscale Rimal and Sheikh Ejalin neighbourhoods. A number of Hamas terrorists were reportedly killed in the fighting.
Israeli forces also raided a Hamas military camp, where ammunition depots and seven rocket launchers were uncovered. The army reported on Sunday morning that over the past 24 hours, soldiers engaged Hamas terrorists on the outskirts of Jabaliya. A terror cell preparing to fire on troops from the roof of a residential building was eliminated in an air strike, according to the IDF. (agencies)