About eight thousand Palestinian fighters have been killed in fighting with the Israeli army since the fighting began on October 7, the Israeli army said on Sunday. Data from the Ministry of Health, controlled by Hamas, indicate over 20,000 victims. “The war is costing us very much, but we have no choice but to continue the fight,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, quoted by Reuters.
A military spokesman said Palestinian losses included those killed as a result of rocket attacks and in direct urban fighting, including those killed. in Gaza, the capital of the Gaza Strip. To estimate the number of deaths, the following were used, among others: information from interrogations of Palestinian prisoners.
The latest escalation of the conflict began on October 7, when Hamas terrorists broke through the border. Israel and murdered about 1,200 people – including children, seniors, and pregnant women. They abducted over 240 people to the Gaza Strip. After this attack, the Israeli army launched an operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
According to the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health, more than 20,000 Palestinians have been killed since then.
Netanyahu: We have no choice but to continue the fight
Palestinian media reported that on the night between Saturday and Sunday, Israeli air forces bombed areas around the city of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip overnight, and fighting continued throughout the morning.
A spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry said that 166 Palestinians were killed in the past 24 hours.
The Israeli army said nine soldiers were killed in the last 24 hours, bringing Israel’s combat losses to 155 since the ground operation against Hamas began, according to published information. Reuters notes that the reported number of casualties was one of the highest for Israeli forces so far.
“This is a difficult morning after a very difficult day of fighting in the Gaza Strip,” said the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Sunday’s government meeting, quoted by the agency. “The war requires very high costs from us, but we have no choice but to continue the fight,” he added.
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