Gaza death toll reaches 1,000 as 12-hour ceasefire expires
A Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike in the center of Gaza City on July 22, 2014 (AFP).
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Latest figures show the death toll from the ongoing Israel’s war on the besieged Gaza Strip has exceeded 1,000 as more bodies are recovered from the rubble.
This comes after Palestinian rescue workers pulled over 100 bodies from ruins of homes on Saturday.
The death toll in the war-stricken Gaza Strip keeps rising as more bodies are being discovered amid a humanitarian ceasefire. The 12-hour truce began early Saturday.
The temporary truce is now in effect to allow the delivery of humanitarian supplies across the impoverished region.
Palestinian Health Ministry now says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed and over 6,000 others injured since the start of the Israeli offensive on July 8.
The developments come as Israel has been relentlessly pounding the Gaza Strip for the past 19 days.
The UN says over 80 percent of the Palestinian fatalities have been civilians, including more than 200 children.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has also lashed out at Israel for targeting ambulances and medical staff in the impoverished territory.
Separately, in the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops attacked Palestinian protesters after a funeral ceremony for nine people killed by Israeli forces during pro-Gaza protests on Friday. Thousands of angry protesters responded by throwing stones.
At least 11 people were killed in the West Bank over the past three days.
The UN Human Rights Council has recently passed a resolution calling for an independent probe into Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. A prominent French lawyer has also filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on behalf of the Palestinian government against the Israeli army.
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