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Death toll from Israeli strikes in Gaza exceeds 22,400

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Cairo: The death toll from the Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip since October 7 has reached 22,438 people and the number of wounded has reached 57,614 people, the Gaza Health Ministry said Thursday.

On Sunday, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said the death toll had risen to 21,822 and the number of wounded stood at 56,451.

“The number of victims of Israeli aggression has increased to 22,438 people, another 57,614 people have been wounded,” the ministry said in a statement.

On October 7, Palestinian movement Hamas launched a large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip while its fighters breached the border, attacking both civilian neighborhoods and military bases. As a result, over 1,200 people in Israel were killed and some 240 others abducted. Israel launched retaliatory strikes, ordered a complete blockade of Gaza and started a ground incursion into the Palestinian enclave with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages.

On November 24, Qatar mediated a deal between Israel and Hamas on a temporary truce and the exchange of some of the prisoners and hostages, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. The ceasefire was extended several times and expired on December 1. Over 100 hostages are still believed to be held by Hamas in Gaza.

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