More than 30,000 killed in Gaza Strip war, say two top UN officials

Palestinians mourn their relatives, who were killed amid the Israeli attacks, at Al-Najjar Hospital. Mohammed Talatene/dpa
Palestinians mourn their relatives, who were killed amid the Israeli attacks, at Al-Najjar Hospital. Mohammed Talatene/dpa
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More than 30,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Israel launched its military offensive in October, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday.

Volker Türk quoted the number during a meeting of the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The head of the UN's World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also used the figure in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

"The death toll in Gaza has surpassed 30,000 - a large majority women and children. Over 70,000 Palestinians have been injured," he wrote.

"This horrific violence and suffering must end. Ceasefire."

Neither Türk nor Tedros quoted a source. An official confirmation from the health authorities in Gaza, who usually post the figures daily, is expected later.

Israel launched its assault on the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian militants from Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations killing of more than 1,200 people inside the Jewish state on October 7.