Hamas health authorities claim Gaza death toll above 5,000

Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says the death toll in the Strip since Israel’s bombing campaign began has risen to 5,087, including over 400 killed in the last 24 hours.

The ministry claims 2,055 of the victims are children.

The figures cannot be verified independently, and likely include Hamas’s claim of 471 fatalities in a blast at the Ahli Arab hospital last week, despite evidence showing the explosion was caused by a misfired Palestinian rocket and the toll likely inflated.

The ministry claims over 15,000 people have been injured since Israel began bombarding the Strip on October 7, with the aim of eradicating the terror group after its massacre of some 1,400 people in southern Israel.

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