In a recent update shared on December 4, 2023, the death toll in Gaza has escalated to an alarming 16,000. This devastating figure is the aftermath of the conflict that began on October 7, 2023, between Israel and Hamas. The conflict has not only resulted in the loss of thousands of lives but has also left over 1.5 million people displaced, bnn reports.
According to the information disseminated by Demirören Tv Holding A.Ş. under the CNN trademark, the number of wounded during the conflict has surged to 41,316. On Friday alone, Israeli airstrikes resulted in the death of 509 Palestinians, with 1,316 suffering injuries. The overall death toll since the start of the war has now surpassed 15,200, with 70% of the dead being women and children.
The escalating Israeli attacks have led to the destruction of several multi-story residential buildings, forcing hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate. The Israeli military has also dropped leaflets, ordering the evacuation of areas that make up about one quarter of the Gaza Strip. The bombardments have caused a devastating scale of civilian suffering.
Amidst the chaos, Israel is holding 35 healthcare professionals from the Gaza Strip, including the general director of the Al-Shifa Medical Complex. The situation has triggered a call for ‘immediate action’ to establish a humanitarian corridor for medical supplies, fuel, field hospitals, and the evacuation of hundreds of wounded.
The United States and other countries have urged Israel to do more to protect civilians after a truce collapsed. The Israeli military declared ‘safe areas’ for Gaza civilians to minimize harm, but it is unclear where civilians might seek safety.