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Gaza death toll rises to 29, including six children: Palestinian ministry

07 August 2022, MVT 13:23
Palestinian police officers assess the damage in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, on August 7, 2022. - Gaza's health ministry blamed "Israeli aggression" for the deaths of civilians, that also included "an elderly woman", and for the 203 people wounded in Jabalia. But an Israeli government statement yesterday denied blame for the strike, that reportedly killed children, insisting that a rocket fired by Gaza militants towards Israel had fallen short. -- Photo: Mahmud Hams/ AFP
07 August 2022, MVT 13:23

The death toll from violence in Gaza has risen to 29, including six children, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said Sunday, correcting a previous statement.

Earlier the ministry had put the number of people killed at 32, but a further ministry statement brought the number down to 29, including six children and four women.

The health ministry also said that 253 people in Gaza had been wounded since the hostilities with Israel broke out on Friday.

The violence is the worst in Gaza since a war last year that devastated the impoverished territory home to some 2.3 million Palestinians and forced countless Israelis to seek shelter from rockets.

A Palestinian man tosses our objects from his home, badly damaged as a result of overnight Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, on August 7, 2022. -- Photo: Mohammed Abed / AFP

Israel has said it was necessary to launch a "preemptive" operation against Islamic Jihad, as the group had been planning an imminent attack following days of tensions along the border with Gaza.

Islamic Jihad is aligned with Hamas but often acts independently. Both are blacklisted as terrorist organisations by much of the West.

Hamas has fought four wars with Israel since seizing control of Gaza in 2007, including the conflict last May.

© Agence France-Presse

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