DEFENCE SECRETARY LLOYD AUSTIN: Over 25,000 women and children killed by Israel in Gaza-

Feb 29 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that more than 25,000 women and children had been killed by Israel since October 7, adding that Israel can and should do more to protect civilians.

Palestinians search for casualties at the site of Israeli strikes on houses in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

During a congressional hearing, Austin was asked how many Palestinian women and children had been killed by Israel and Austin replied: “It is over 25,000.”

The bodies of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes and fire are buried in a mass grave, after they were transported from Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City for burial, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Austin added that about 21,000 precision guided munitions had been provided to Israel since the start of its war in Gaza. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart)

An injured Palestinian woman covered in dust and blood hugs an injured girl child at the hospital following the Israeli bombardment of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

This aerial view taken on December 9, 2023 shows the makeshift tent camps housing Palestinians displaced by intense Israeli bombardment on the Gaza Strip seeking refuge in open areas around the Raed al-Attar Mosque in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip near the Egyptian border.

Civilians killed by Palestinian militants lie covered in Sderot, Israel, on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023. Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip infiltrated Saturday into southern Israel and fired thousands of rockets into the country while Israel began striking targets in Gaza in response. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A graph showing how the porportion of women and children killed in this conflict is far greater than in previous conflicts betwen Israel and Gaza in 2008 and 2014


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