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Health Ministry: 12.415 Palestinians killed in Gaza and West Bank since start of Israeli aggression on Oct. 7th

Health Ministry: 12.415 Palestinians killed in Gaza and West Bank since start of Israeli aggression on Oct. 7th

RAMALLAH, Sunday, November 19, 2023 (WAFA) - The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since October 7, killed 12.415 people and injured around 32,500 others, today said the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The ministry explained, in its daily report on the aggression, that it is facing major challenges in accessing data updates for the seventh consecutive day, as a result of the breakdown in communication services in Gaza due to the ongoing Israeli strikes.

It said that the number of people killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the aggression and until yesterday, November 18, reached 12,200, including 5000 children, 3250 women, and 690 elderly. The number of wounded reached over 29,500.

The ministry said that displaced people fleeing the north reported that corpses were scattered on the ground.

It also said that over 4000 civilians are reported missing, including 2000 children.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that it was unable to respond to hundreds of calls for assistance and the evacuation of the wounded or people trapped under the rubble, added the ministry.

The Ministry said the Israeli occupation forces forcibly evacuated the majority of the wounded, sick, displaced, and health personnel from the Al-Shifa medical complex after their one-hour deadline. They headed south on foot in very difficult conditions, it added.

It warned that no hospital in the Gaza Strip can accommodate the wounded and premature babies who were forced to evacuate the Al-Shifa Hospital.

The ministry called for immediate intervention by international organizations to transfer the wounded and premature babies from the A-Shifa medical complex to hospitals in the West Bank or Egypt.

Between November 11 and 18, 51 patients, including four premature babies, lost their lives at the Al-Shifa Hospital due to the power outage resulting from running out of fuel and the blockade imposed on the complex by the occupation.

The ministry said that the occupation forces maintain their siege on the Arab Civil Baptist Hospital in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, stating that medical teams are unable to move and reach the injured safely.

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