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Palestinian Death Toll Passes 8000

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, the death toll among Palestinians in the Hamas-Israel war has passed 8,000, with most of them being women and minors.

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The number is expected to climb even more rapidly as Israel presses its ground offensive. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a “second stage” in the war over the weekend.

On Friday, communications were knocked out after a bombardment, cutting off most of its 2.3 million people from contact with the world.

On Sunday, a spokesperson at the Rafah crossing, Wael Abo Omar, told the Associated Press 33 trucks of aid came through the only border from Egypt.

There were also around three dozen trucks carrying water, medicine and food entering Gaza from Egypt.

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A Gaza City resident, Abdallah Sayed, said the Israeli bombing over the last two days was “the most violent and intense” since the war started.

Israel says most residents have heeded its orders to flee to the southern part of the besieged territory. Still, hundreds of thousands remain in the north, partially because Israel has also bombarded targets in so-called safe zones.

“This is the second stage of the war, whose objectives are clear: to destroy the military and governmental capabilities of Hamas and bring the hostages home,” he said in a televised address,” Mr Netanyahu said.

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