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Over 30,000 people have lost their lives in Gaza since the conflict between Israel and Hamas started, according to the health ministry

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Over 30,000 people have lost their lives in Gaza since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began in October. This sad news was shared by the health ministry in Gaza on Thursday. The situation is very tough for the people there, as most of them have been forced to leave their homes due to the bombing and fighting by Israel. This has led to a serious crisis for the people, with many facing injuries and health issues.

The international community is urging Israel to stop the fighting, especially in the city of Rafah, where there are concerns about more violence. The United States supports Israel in this conflict and has suggested a “temporary ceasefire” at the United Nations. However, calls for an immediate stop to the conflict have been blocked by the US.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, described the situation in Gaza as “carnage” and emphasized the urgent need for peace, investigation, and accountability. The health ministry in Gaza reported that more than 30,000 people have died, and over 70,000 are injured. It’s challenging to capture the full extent of the horrors happening in Gaza, and there are worries about further suffering, especially in Rafah, where a new offensive by Israel is anticipated.

The health ministry in Gaza doesn’t differentiate between civilians and fighters, but they have mentioned that approximately 70% of the casualties are women and children. The situation is dire, and there’s a call for immediate attention and action to address the ongoing crisis.

Israel thinks around 10,000 members of Hamas got killed since October 7 when Israel started fighting against them. On that day, over 1,200 people in Israel died because of Hamas’ attacks, and more than 250 were taken as hostages in Gaza.

CNN can’t check the numbers of people hurt in Gaza or how many Hamas fighters Israel says they’ve taken down.

On Thursday, after the newest death numbers were out, at least 53 people got killed, and 120 got hurt in Gaza City. They were waiting for food, and Israeli gunfire hit them. This info came from people who saw it happen and the spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent, Ahmad Abu Al Foul.

People in Gaza were trying to get food from aid trucks when Israeli tanks and drones started shooting at them in Haroun Al Rasheed Street, western Gaza City, in the Sheikh Ajleen area.

The aid trucks tried to get away, but they accidentally crashed into others, causing more deaths and injuries. CNN got a response from the IDF saying they’re reviewing the incident.

The IDF told CNN, “Early this morning, during the entry of humanitarian aid trucks into the northern Gaza Strip, Gazan residents surrounded the trucks, and looted the supplies being delivered. During the incident, dozens of Gazans were injured as a result of pushing and trampling.”

Almost five months after the October 7 attack by Hamas, Israel says more than 100 hostages are still held. Even with international pressure to ease off, Israel’s leaders say they’ll keep going to get back the hostages and “destroy” Hamas.

On February 17, Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz warned that if hostages aren’t returned by Ramadan (expected to start on March 10 or 11), Israeli forces will do more in Rafah. He said, “The world must know, and Hamas leaders must know – if by Ramadan our hostages are not home – the fighting will continue to the Rafah area.”

People are getting more worried that things might get even worse. Israel’s friends, especially the United States, are not happy about how Israel is attacking Gaza. President Joe Biden said that the actions of Israel’s Defense Forces are too much, the strongest criticism so far.

Biden told Netanyahu, the leader of Israel, that they should not keep going with their military actions in Rafah unless they have a good plan to make sure civilians are safe. The US suggested a “temporary ceasefire” at the UN, but they didn’t support other countries calling for an immediate stop to the fighting.

Because of the war, most of Gaza’s 2.2 million people had to leave their homes. It’s also causing a big shortage of water, electricity, and food. People can’t get the care they need because hospitals are damaged or not working. It’s a really tough situation.

The UN office that deals with helping people in need (OCHA) mentioned on Tuesday that a lot of people in Gaza, around 576,000, are going through really tough times. They don’t have enough food and are close to starving. Almost everyone in Gaza, about 2.2 million people, needs help getting food. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said one out of every six kids under two years old is very malnourished.

The WFP Deputy Executive Director, Carl Skau, told the UN Security Council that Gaza has the worst child malnutrition compared to anywhere else in the world.

Recently, there were hopes for a deal to stop the fighting in exchange for hostages, but they kept going up and down. CNN reported that Hamas changed some of its demands in the talks after Israel called their position unrealistic.

President Biden said he thinks there might be a break in the fighting between Israel and Hamas by next Monday. He said they are close to a deal, but it’s not finalized yet. However, officials from Israel, Hamas, and Qatar are cautious and say there are still differences that need to be worked out in the negotiations.

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