Death toll jumps sharply to over 600 as forces clearing border areas find more bodies

Graphic content: The bodies of Israeli civilians killed by Hamas terrorists lie covered in the southern city of Sderot on October 7, 2023, after an unprecedented infiltration into Israel by hundreds of gunmen from the terrorist organization from Gaza. (Oren ZIV / AFP)
Graphic content: The bodies of Israeli civilians killed by Hamas terrorists lie covered in the southern city of Sderot on October 7, 2023, after an unprecedented infiltration into Israel by hundreds of gunmen from the terrorist organization from Gaza. (Oren ZIV / AFP)

The estimated death toll from the Hamas assault on Israeli border communities jumps sharply this afternoon from 300 this morning to some 600.

A spokesperson for ZAKA, a volunteer group that handles dead bodies and human remains after terror attacks, tells Hebrew media that more than 600 Israelis have been killed.

The bodies are found as Israeli forces continue to battle with Hamas gunmen, clearing them out of communities along the border.

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