Gaza: Over 10,000 people still missing under rubble

KHAN YUNIS, GAZA - APRIL 26: Palestinians, returning to Khan Yunis, are viewed around the wreckage, in Khan Yunis of Gaza on April 26, 2024. The streets and streets in the city, in the southern Gaza Strip, are unrecognizable after Israel withdrew, leaving behind devastation. Weeks of Israeli attacks turned the buildings in the city into rubble. Palestinians returning to the region are trying to maintain their daily lives under difficult conditions. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )

The real death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza is likely to be much higher than official figures suggest as 10,000 people are still missing from under the rubble of destroyed buildings.

In a statement today the Palestinian Civil Defence service said more than 10,000 people are still missing under the rubble across the Gaza Strip since the start of the Israeli onslaught against Gaza on October 7.

“We estimate that there are over 10,000 missing people under the rubble of hundreds of destroyed homes since the start of the (Israeli) aggression,” a statement by the Civil Defense said.

It noted that those missing people are not included in the Health Ministry death toll list, “therefore, the number of martyrs exceeds 44,000.”

Its rescue teams have started to recover bodies that are completely decomposed, from under the rubble from buildings in northern Gaza, it added.

Israel has waged a brutal offensive on Gaza since a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7 last year, which Tel Aviv says killed nearly 1,200 people.

More than 34,500 Palestinians have since been killed by Israel, mostly women and children, and over 77,700 others injured amid mass destruction and severe shortages of necessities.

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More than six months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins, pushing 85% of the enclave’s population into internal displacement amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water, and medicine, according to the UN.

Israel also stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

KHAN YUNIS, GAZA – APRIL 26: (Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency)
KHAN YUNIS, GAZA – APRIL 26 (Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency)

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