Death toll in Israeli operation in Nuseirat camp rises to 274

Gaza, June 10 (IANS) The death toll in the Israeli military operation in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip late last week has risen to 274, with 698 injured, Hamas-run health authorities said in a press statement.

The statement on Sunday noted that some victims remained under the rubble amid heavy bombardment and a lack of rescue crews, Xinhua news agency reported.

During the operation, Israeli forces rescued four hostages from the refugee camp, namely Noa Argamani, 25, Shlomi Ziv, 40, Almog Meir Jan, 21, and Andrey Kozlov, 27, all of them among the about 250 Israelis abducted last October by Hamas while attending the Nova festival, an outdoor music event, in a rural area near the Gaza-Israel fence.

After the Hamas rampage, which killed about 1,200 according to Israeli tallies, Israel launched a retaliatory large-scale offensive in Gaza, which so far has killed 37,084 and injured 84,494 others, according to Gaza’s health authorities.



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