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The Palestinian Census Announces the Largest Death Toll Since 1948

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics announced, on Sunday 31 of December, that the death toll this year is the largest death toll Palestine has witnessed since 1948.

The Central Bureau of Statistics added in a statement: “By the end of the year 2023, the number of deaths in Palestine since the beginning of the year 2023 is 22,404, including 22,141 killed since October 7, 98 percent of whom are in the Gaza Strip, including about 9,000 children and 6,450 women, While the death toll in West Bank since October 7 reached 319 people, including 111 children and 4 women, and more than 100 journalists were killed according to Ministry of Health records, whereas the number of missing persons reported in the Gaza Strip reached more than 7 thousand missing persons, including 67 percent of children and women, and approximately 1,900,000 citizens were displaced inside the Strip, far from their places of residence.”

The statement indicated that after more than two months of war, "40 percent of the dead are children and about 30 percent are women." The number of prisoners in Israeli prisons until the end of November 2023 reached about 7,800 prisoners, including 76 women and 260 children, and the number of administrative detainees (detainees without charge) reached 2,870 detainees, according to data from the Prisoners’ and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority.

The agency said that the Gaza Strip suffers from a severe crisis in access to water, as “under normal conditions in the period before October 7, the average per capita water consumption in the Strip was estimated at approximately 82.7 litres/person/day, and with the outbreak of aggression, Estimates indicate that Gaza Strip residents can barely reach between 1-3 litres/person/day only.”

Furthermore, the percentage of supplies from water sources decreased by 90 percent, and therefore the percentage of water consumption decreased by 92 percent than it was before the aggression. There is one pipeline that supplies the southern regions only with about 1,100 cubic metres per hour, while the governorates of the northern Gaza Strip suffer from a complete lack of potable water supply.

The residents of the Gaza Strip also lack basics needs, including housing, food and water.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) indicated that at least 40 percent of the population of Gaza are at risk of famine, which means that the residents of the Gaza Strip are suffering from catastrophic hunger, according to the same source.

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip indicates that the total number of Palestinian injured has increased to 56,451, also added that Israel committed 14 massacres during the past 24 hours, leading to the death of 165 and the injury of 250.

Edited by Chloe Mansola.

Palestinians transport the injured to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, by Bashar Talib is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED

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