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Sunday, 19 November 2023 20:27

Gaza death toll rises to 13,000, says health ministry.

Staff Reporter.

The health ministry in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Sunday said 41 members of one family were killed in an Israeli strike on their home in Gaza City.

The ministry released a list of names of 41 members of the Malka family it said were killed by the strike at dawn in the city's Zeytoun district.

Fierce fighting between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants occurred in the neighborhood in the morning, according to an AFP journalist.

At least 13,000 Palestinians have been killed and 30,000 injured in Gaza since the conflict between Israel and Hamas started on October 7, Gaza's government media office said on Sunday.

At least 5,500 of the dead are children and 3,500 are women, the statement added.

Meanwhile UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday that he was "deeply shocked" that two UN schools were struck in less than 24 hours in the Gaza Strip, killing and injuring dozens of people – many women and children – "as they were seeking safety in United Nations premises."

"Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian civilians are seeking shelter at United Nations facilities throughout Gaza due to the intensified fighting. I reaffirm that our premises are inviolable," Guterres said in a statement.

He said the war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants, who run Gaza, was causing a "staggering and unacceptable number of civilian casualties" and again called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

Source: Fullview and News Agencies.