death toll rises to 31 including six children

Twenty-nine people, including six children, have died in the Gaza Strip since the outbreak of violence between Israel and the Islamic Jihad group, the Ministry of Health in the Palestinian enclave announced on Sunday, correcting a previous statement.

In a first statement, the ministry said that 29 Palestinians had been killed since Friday in Israeli strikes. Shortly thereafter, he indicated in a second message that the toll was 31 dead and 253 injured.

The Israeli authorities contradict this assessment and assure that Palestinian children were killed on Saturday by a failed rocket attack from Islamic Jihad towards Israel.

Since the start of its operation on Friday, Israel has claimed to target sites belonging to Islamic Jihad, whose fighters and leaders have been killed, according to the Israeli army. Israeli forces also announced that they had arrested around 40 members of the organization in two days in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by the Jewish state.

In retaliation for the raids on the Gaza enclave, the Palestinian group fired rockets at Israeli soil, most of them intercepted by the Israeli missile shield. Two people were slightly injured by shrapnel, according to the emergency services.

This is the worst confrontation between the Jewish state and armed organizations in Gaza since the May 2021 war, which in eleven days left 260 dead on the Palestinian side, including combatants, and 14 dead in Israel, including a soldier. , according to local authorities.

The Jewish state has imposed a blockade since 2007 on Gaza, a territory of 2.3 million inhabitants governed by the Islamists of Hamas.

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