Rubble reveals uncertainty; casualty toll in Gaza may double

UN relief chief indicates that the primary causes of death in Gaza are disease

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NEW YORK — The Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs of the UN, Martin Griffiths, has not ruled out the possibility that the number of casualties in the Gaza Strip is significantly higher than the currently reported figures.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with the Financial Times, the UN official stated that the number of fatalities under the rubble in the Gaza Strip remains unknown.

According to him, disease and hunger have emerged as the primary causes of death and deprivation in Gaza, which is currently grappling with a humanitarian catastrophe, Al-Ghad reported.

He added “We have yet to see what is under the rubble. These estimates of [around 18,000] dead — once you start digging under the rubble, the statistics change radically.”

Griffiths pointed out that the number of casualties in the [February] earthquake in Turkey doubled after the completion of the rubble removal operations.

As previously reported, more than 19,000 people have been killed since October 7.  The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirms that 70 percent of the victims of Israeli airstrikes are women and teenagers.

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