The death toll in the Gaza Strip has surpassed 13,300 since the Israel-Hamas conflict began on October 7, the enclave’s authorities said on Monday.
“The death toll exceeded 13,300 people, among them more than 5,600 children [killed]...the number of injured exceeded 31,000,” the Gaza Strip government's press office said.
On October 7, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip, breaching the border and killing and taking captives in nearby Israeli military sites and communities. The movement said its operation, Al-Aqsa Flood, was in response to Israeli provocations and occupation of Palestinian territories.
Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people, cutting off supplies of water, food and fuel. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion into Gaza, ostensibly to eliminate Hamas fighters and rescue hostages.