Over 15,000 Civilians Dead in Gaza


Over 15,000 Civilians Dead in Gaza
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The ongoing conflict in Gaza has resulted in a staggering increase in civilian casualties, painting a grim picture of the situation on the ground. According to Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, the spokesperson for the Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza, "At least 15,207 Palestinians have been killed in total as a result of Israeli attacks in Gaza since October 7." This statistic becomes even more harrowing when considering that 70% of these victims are children and women, underscoring the disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable segments of the population.

In addition to the fatalities, the conflict has wrought significant injuries, with at least 40,652 people wounded. The situation deteriorated further after the breakdown of a truce between Hamas and Israel, leading to an escalation in violence.

"At least 193 Palestinians have been killed since a truce between Hamas and Israel expired on Friday and Israel resumed its offensive in the enclave," the ministry reported, highlighting the resurgence of hostilities.

Strained Healthcare System and International Reactions

Gaza's healthcare infrastructure is buckling under the pressure of the crisis.

Dr. Al-Qudra's statement sheds light on the dire state of hospitals, "The bed occupancy in Gaza’s hospitals was at 171%, while the intensive care unit occupancy is 221%”. He further added, “All hospitals are overcrowded with the number of wounded, exceeding their medical capabilities and capacity, and lacking surgical tools and bone stabilizers.

Hospitals lost their capacity to treat patients, and hundreds of patients and injured receive treatment on the floor”. This bleak situation has drawn international concern. The United States, while supporting Israel's stance of targeting Hamas operatives and their alleged use of civilian areas for military purposes, has acknowledged the severe civilian toll.

US Vice President Kamala Harris remarked, "Too many innocent Palestinians have been killed," emphasizing the need for Israel to exercise greater caution in its military operations to protect civilian lives. The strain on Gaza's medical facilities is further aggravated by the closure of twenty hospitals, despite some resuming partial operations during the brief truce.

This situation underlines the critical need for immediate humanitarian assistance and a concerted effort to address the escalating civilian casualties in this conflict.