Gaza death toll from Israeli assault reaches 2,016: ministry

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Palestinian boy Youssef, 8, smiles as he realizes he is being photographed as he rounds a corner near shelled out apartment buildings while carrying bread to take back home to his father on August 14, 2014 in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. (Photo: AFP - Roberto Schmidt)

Published Monday, August 18, 2014

The death toll in the ravaged Gaza Strip rose above 2,000 Monday, the health ministry said, as more people injured the over month-long Israeli terror campaign succumbed to their wounds.

According to a ministry statement, a total of 2,016 people were killed and another 10,196 wounded.

Among the dead were 541 children, 250 women and 95 elderly men, it said.

The toll, which had stood at 1,980, jumped up after a number of people died from their injuries in hospitals across Gaza, as well as in Cairo and Jerusalem where they had been taken for treatment.

Medics also retrieved another body from under the rubble in the battered Shujayeh district east of Gaza City, where it had lain for more than three weeks, the statement said.

Separately, the Israeli army claimed that five of the at least 64 occupation soldiers killed over the month had died as a result of "friendly fire."

There was no immediate word on the circumstances of their deaths.

Infographic created by the Gaza health ministry breaks down children's deaths. (Photo: Palestinian Ministry of Health)Infographic created by the Gaza health ministry breaks down children's deaths. (Photo: Palestinian Ministry of Health)

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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