On Early Monday, two hostages were rescued by Israeli forces, attacking a heavily guarded apartment in the Gaza Strip and taking out the captives under fire in a raid that was a small but symbolic success for Israel.
“At least 67 Palestinians were killed in the operation, including women and children” according to the Palestinian health officials.
Heavy airstrikes pounded the area to assist the rescue forces near the apartment in Rafah, a city on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip where 1.4 million Palestinians have run away to escape fighting elsewhere in the Israel-Hamas war.
In Israel, the raid was celebrated as a victory in the static battle to free the hostages, with more than 100 captives still held by Hamas and other Gaza militants, and lifted the spirits of a nation still reeling from Hamas’ cross-border raid in 2023.
Whereas in Gaza, Civilians have supported a staggering toll since the war erupted on October 7, 2023, the operation released another wartime tragedy, with many Palestinians killed.
“More than 12,300 Palestinian minors — children and young teens — have been killed in Israel’s war against Hamas”, according to the Health Ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.
It shows minors make up about 43% of the total number of 28,176 Palestinians killed as of now and about 8,400 women were also among those killed.
The ministry, which does not distinguish between combatants and civilians, provided the breakdown of minors and women at the request of The Associated Press. Israel claims to have killed thousands of Hamas fighters.
The difficulty of the hostages has shaken Israelis and the government has made freeing the dozens of remaining captives a top aim of its war, along with damaging Hamas’ military and governing capabilities.