An ever deadlier war. The Hamas government announced Tuesday that Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip had killed 16,248 people since the war began on Oct. 7. The death toll is difficult to confirm, but it does not seem inconsistent with statements made this week by senior Israeli military officials who said that about two civilians were killed for every Hamas fighter who died in the Gaza Strip, considering reports that 5000,<> Hamas fighters had been killed "more or less accurate."
More than 70 percent of the Palestinian dead, most of whom were killed in airstrikes, were children (7,112) and women (4,885), the press office of the Palestinian Islamist movement, which took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, said in a statement.
On Tuesday, an Israeli strike on a school housing Palestinians displaced by the war killed at least 25 people in Khan Younis, the Hamas Health Ministry said. Dozens of wounded, as well as bodies pulled from the rubble of the Ma'an school, a neighborhood of Khan Younis, were taken to the Nasser Hospital in this southern town of the small coastal territory, which has been targeted for several days by the Israeli army.
Many Gazans have sought refuge in schools or hospitals since Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian enclave began in retaliation for an unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. According to the Israeli authorities, 1,200 people were killed in the attack. After a slight respite during a seven-day truce, Gazans are now trapped in a shrinking perimeter, with nowhere to go, with access to Egypt closed to them and Israel imposing a "full siege."