Hamas-run health ministry Gaza says war deaths exceed 8,000

The Hamas-controlled health ministry in the Gaza Strip says that more than 8,000 have been killed in the Palestinian enclave since the start of the war with Israel on October 7 when terrorists killed 1,400 people across southern Israel, a majority of them civilians, and took 230 people hostage.

“The death toll linked to the Israeli aggression is past 8,000, half of whom are children,” the ministry, run by the terror group, told AFP. The last toll, issued early Saturday, was of 7,703 dead.

The numbers cannot be independently verified and include Palestinian terrorists killed by Israel as well as Palestinian civilians killed by errant rockets launched by terror groups in Gaza.

Israel says it killed 1,500 Hamas terrorists inside Israel on and after October 7.

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