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Toxic gas inhalation behind death of group of Palestinians overnight - Health Ministry

Ahram Online , Thursday 13 May 2021
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Fire billows from Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, on May 13, 2021. AFP
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Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza confirmed on Thursday that a number of Palestinians died asphyxiated from poisonous gas emanating from Israeli missiles across the besieged Gaza Strip, WAFA news agency reported.

The ministry said that a number of the victims of the ongoing Israeli onslaught on Gaza were admitted to al-Shifa Medical Complex, where they underwent a forensic assessment that determined asphyxiation as the main reason of their death, the Plaestinian new agency added.

The forensic experts revealed that the victims manifested outward symptoms, which indicate that it was likely that they inhaled poisonous gases, while they took samples for further tests.

The death toll from more than two days of Israeli strikes on Gaza has risen to 83, the health ministry controlled by Hamas said Thursday.

The dead included 17 children, while 487 people have been wounded, the ministry said.

The Israeli military said it had struck Gaza more than 600 times since Monday evening while Hamas has fired more than 1,600 rockets towards Israel. 

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