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Gaza death toll passes 22,000 with no let-up in fighting between Hamas and Israel troops

Gaza death toll passes 22,000 with no let-up in fighting between Hamas and Israel troops

ISRAELI forces attacked Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip with tank fire and air strikes, residents said, and Israeli ground troops and Hamas militants also battled in other parts of the shattered Palestinian enclave. Israel said its troops had killed dozens of militants in Gaza's north in the past day. Residents said Israeli tanks had shelled parts of the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central area. The Gaza health ministry said 207 people had been killed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total recorded Palestinian death toll to more than 22,000 in nearly three months of warfare in…
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Gaza death toll: why counting the dead has become a daily struggle

Gaza death toll: why counting the dead has become a daily struggle

IN the morgue of the Nasser Hospital, in southern Gaza, workers wrap the corpses of people killed in Israeli airstrikes in white cloth amid the stench of death. They record whatever basic facts they can about the dead: name, identity card number, age, and sex. Some of the bodies are badly mutilated. Only those that have been identified or claimed by relatives can go for burial and be included in the Gaza Health Ministry's death toll for the war. The rest are stored in the morgue's refrigerator, often for weeks. The toll reached 20,057 people on Friday, amid renewed international calls…
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