The essentials of the day before

  • Within the G20 meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "consensus", according to the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

    "I haven't heard a single person oppose it. There is a strong demand for a two-state solution," he told reporters on the sidelines of the foreign ministers' meeting.

  • Israel launched new airstrikes against Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.

    The international community is particularly concerned about the fate of nearly 1.5 million Palestinians massed in the city. 

  • The Hamas Ministry of Health announced a new toll of 29,410 people killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement.

  • The automatic weapons attack near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adoumim, in the occupied West Bank, left one dead and eight injured, Israeli police announced in a new report.

    According to authorities, three armed men opened fire on several vehicles near this vast settlement located near Jerusalem.

Please note: the number of victims is provided by the Hamas-led Gaza Ministry of Health.

The ministry collects information provided by hospitals in the enclave and by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The Gaza Health Ministry does not indicate how the Palestinians were killed, whether by Israeli airstrikes and/or barrages or failed Palestinian rocket attacks.

It describes all victims as victims of "Israeli aggression" and also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.

During the four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, United Nations agencies regularly cited Health Ministry figures in their reports.

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent 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 largely agree with those of the Gaza Ministry of Health, with a few differences.

To learn more about the reports from the Gaza Ministry of Health, click here or here.

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