Gaza death toll could be five times higher than official figures: Report
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Gaza death toll could be five times higher than official figures: Report

Gaza death toll could be five times higher than official figures: Report

The report published on Friday covers both direct and indirect victims affected by the conflict, as well as those whose whereabouts could not be found under the rubble.

The Lancet calculations are based on a conservative ratio of four indirect deaths for every direct death reported by Gauze Ministry of Health.

The publication stated: “It is not improbable to estimate that as many as 186,000 or even more deaths could be attributed to the current conflict in the Gaza Strip.”

Current figures from the Gaza Health Ministry indicate at least 38,514 Palestinian deaths, mostly women and children.

The Lancet reports that the number provided by the ministry is “probably an underestimate.”

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“The total death toll is expected to be high given the intensity of the conflict, the destroyed health infrastructure, the severe shortages of food, water and shelter, the inability of people to flee to safety, and the loss of funding for UNRWA, one of the few humanitarian organizations still operating in Gaza.”

The Lancet has called for an urgent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, stressing the need for immediate distribution of aid, including medical supplies, food and clean water, to meet the basic needs of the crisis-hit population.

This Israeli regime was attacking besieged Gaza Strip since October 7, after the Palestinian resistance forces carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Flood in response to increased regime violence against Palestinians.

Source: Agencies