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Gaza Genocide: Death toll climbs over 35,000 as Israel’s offensive continues

The death toll of Palestinians killed in Gaza has risen to 35,034, with 78,755 others injured since Israel’s war on Gaza began, the health ministry in Gaza reported on Sunday. There are also an estimated 10,000 Palestinians buried under the rubble of buildings.

The toll from the seventh month of the Israeli military offensive includes over 15,000 children.

The toll rose after Israeli fighter jets “carpet-bombed” the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza, killing and wounding several Palestinians. Jabalia is the biggest of Gaza’s eight refugee camps and is home to more than 100,000 people, most of them descendants of displaced Palestinians during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that led to the creation of the state of Israel.

On Saturday night, Israeli attacks killed some 27 Palestinians, including several children in southern Rafah, and paediatric surgeon Muhammad Nimr Qazaat, 72, and his son Youssef, 33, in central Deir el-Balah, Al Jazeera reported,

The fatalities come as Israel intensified its attack on the besieged enclave despite growing calls to stop the war. Thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee from across Gaza, including Jabalia, Beit Lahiya and Rafah, after the Israeli military ramped up offensive.

The UN agency for Palestinians, Unrwa, has condemned the displacement of some 300,000 Palestinians from Rafah as “inhumane”.

In a post on X, the agency emphasised that the displaced people have “nowhere safe to go”.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has renewed his call for “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in the Gaza Strip.

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