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Gaza death toll rises above 2,000: Health ministry

AFP , Monday 18 Aug 2014
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A wounded Palestinian woman is wheeled to an ambulance at the Israeli side of Erez crossing, on the border with Gaza August 13, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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The death toll in the war-torn Gaza Strip rose above 2,000 Monday, the health ministry said as more people injured in over a month of Israel offensive on the Palestinians succumbed to their wounds.

According to a ministry statement, a total of 2,016 people were killed and another 10,196 wounded.

Among the dead were 541 children, 250 women and 95 elderly men, it said.

The toll, which had stood at 1,980, jumped up after a number of people died from their injuries in hospitals across Gaza, as well as in Cairo and Jerusalem where they had been taken for treatment.

Medics also retrieved another body from under the rubble in the battered Shejaiya district east of Gaza City, where it had lain for more than three weeks, the statement said.

Separately, the Israeli army confirmed that five of 64 soldiers killed in combat had died as a result of "friendly fire".

There was no immediate word on the circumstances of their deaths.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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