Gaza death toll: The UN says the death toll has not changed since the conflict

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A cloud of smoke from an explosion in Gaza seen from a position along Israel's southern border with the Palestinian enclave on May 13, 2024.


The United Nations clarified on Monday that the total number of deaths in Gaza since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas on October 7, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, has not changed, which is more than 35,000. Is.

The clarification came after the UN humanitarian agency OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) published a report on May 8 with revised figures on the number of Palestinian casualties in the war. has come out. The United Nations agency in its report has almost halved the number of women and children killed in the war.

The number was reduced because the UN says it is now relying on the number of women and children whose names and other identifying details have been fully documented, rather than those who died. Total number of women and children. The ministry says that the bodies that reach the hospitals are counted in the total number of deaths.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza recently published two separate death tolls – an overall death toll and the total number of identified deaths, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told the daily UN briefing. In the UN report, only the total number of casualties whose identities (such as names and dates of birth) were documented was published, leading to confusion.

According to Haq, the ministry published a breakdown of 24,686 fully identified deaths out of a total of 34,622 deaths recorded in Gaza as of April 30. Totally identified deaths include 7,797 children, 4,959 women, 1,924 elderly and 10,006 men. The spokesman said, referring to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

Haq added that the health authority in Gaza noted that the process of documenting the full identification details of those killed is still ongoing.

Two Palestinian Health Ministry officials told CNN that although the ministry keeps separate death tolls for identified and unidentified individuals, the total number of those killed has not changed.

Officials added that the death toll does not include nearly 10,000 people who are still missing and trapped under the rubble.

Israel launched its military offensive on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, killed at least 1,200 people and kidnapped more than 250 in Israel. Israel's months-long siege of the Palestinian enclave has devastated large parts of Gaza and severely reduced vital supplies, putting the entire population of more than 2.2 million at risk of famine. has been given.

CNN has seen a daily report from the Palestinian Ministry of Health that, in a revised version, matches the number published by OCHA. The Gaza Ministry of Health said in its latest report that a total of 15,103 children and 9,961 women have died in Gaza since October 7.

Both the United Nations and US officials have previously cited health ministry figures in Gaza as credible.

CNN could not independently verify the ministry's numbers. The ministry does not distinguish between combatant and civilian casualties.

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