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Casualty figures are provided by Gaza's Hamas-run Ministry of Health

The al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, the largest in the enclave, centralizes data from all hospitals in Gaza. Administrators at the facility say they keep a record of every wounded person occupying a bed and every body arriving at the morgue.

The ministry also collects data from other sources, including the Palestine Red Crescent.

Gaza's health ministry does not say how Palestinians were killed, either by Israeli airstrikes and/or barrages or failed Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all victims as victims of "Israeli aggression" and also makes no distinction between civilians and combatants.

During the four wars and the numerous clashes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have regularly cited Health Ministry figures in their reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestine Red Crescent Society also use these figures.

In the aftermath of previous episodes of war, the United Nations Humanitarian Office published casualty figures based on its own research into medical records. The UN figures are largely in line with those of Gaza's Ministry of Health, with a few differences.

To read more about Gaza's Ministry of Health's assessments, click here or here.

(France 24 with AP)

November 13 Essentials

  • Hamas said it was ready to release up to 70 women and children held in the Gaza Strip in exchange for a five-day truce.
  • Israel says Hamas "has lost control in Gaza" and that its fighters are "fleeing south."
  • The UN has warned that "humanitarian operations will cease within 48 hours" as "no fuel is allowed to enter Gaza".
  • A Palestinian journalist filmed and recounted his flight to Rafah. Take a look at the pictures:


A Gazan journalist recounts his escape from Gaza City to Rafah, in the south of the Palestinian enclave. © Rami Abou Jammous

  • According to Hamas, "all hospitals" in the northern part of the Palestinian enclave are without electricity and are therefore "out of service."
  • In an interview with the American channel NBC, the Israeli Prime Minister raised the possibility of an agreement on the release of hostages.
  • At least 11,240 people, mostly civilians, including 4,630 children, have been killed in Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip since the start of the war, according to Hamas' health ministry.
  • The Hamas attack killed about 1,200 people on the Israeli side, the majority of them civilians killed on October 7, and 44 soldiers have been killed in Gaza since the start of military operations on the ground, according to the latest official Israeli figures.

With AFP, Reuters and AP

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