The Hamas-run Health Ministry said Thursday the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip has risen to 10,818.
In its latest update, the ministry said the figure includes 4,412 children and 2,198 women. The vast majority have been killed in Israeli airstrikes that have pounded the enclave following Hamas’ assault on Israel on Oct. 7.
An additional 26,905 Palestinians in Gaza have been injured.
Also Thursday, the World Health Organization cautioned about infectious diseases spreading in Gaza from contaminated water and limited access to hygiene facilities.
WHO reported that since mid-October 2023, over half of the 33,551 reported cases of diarrhea are among children under age five.
The organization said that’s a significant increase compared to an average of 2,000 cases monthly in children under five throughout 2021 and 2022.
Also reported where 8,944 cases of scabies and lice, 1,005 cases of chickenpox, 12,635 cases of skin rash and 54,866 cases of upper respiratory infections.