Deaths in Gaza said to top 1,000

Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip report that the death toll in Gaza rose above 1,000 dead on Saturday as more than 100 bodies were pulled from the rubble of homes throughout the coastal enclave during a truce.

The grim milestone came on the 19th day of a conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement, during a 12-hour truce that allowed Gaza residents to pick through the ruins of their homes.

Israel says hundreds of the Gaza dead are Hamas gunmen, and Gaza officials acknowledge that there are “fighters” among the dead.

With three hours left to the truce, it has been observed by both sides. The security cabinet is set to discuss an extension of the humanitarian truce at 8:30 p.m., just after it expires, at Tel Aviv’s Defense Ministry headquarters.

AFP contributed to this post.

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