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Gaza Death Toll Nears 3,800 as Israel’s Siege and Bombardment Enters 13th Day

HeadlineOct 19, 2023

Dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed in Gaza as Israel bombs the besieged Palestinian territory for a 13th consecutive day. The Palestinian Health Ministry reports nearly 3,800 Gazans have been killed in Israeli strikes since Hamas’s October 7 surprise attack on southern Israel, which killed more than 1,400 people. The human rights group Defense for Children International–Palestine reports Israeli strikes have, on average, killed one child every 15 minutes in Gaza since fighting escalated. This is Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, a surgeon in Gaza City who narrowly survived Tuesday’s explosion at Al-Ahli Hospital, a blast Palestinians blame on Israel. 

Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sittah: “Forty percent of all the cases that I’ve seen have been children. A lot of them have been like this. They’ve lost one or two parents. And unfortunately, these kids have a long, long recovery road in front of them.”

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