Pentagon acknowledges Israel killed 25,000 Palestinian women, children since 7 October

AFP , Thursday 29 Feb 2024

Israel has killed more than 25,000 Palestinian women and children since October 7, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin acknowledged Thursday.

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Demonstrators protest before US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin testifies during a House Committee on Armed Services hearing to examine the circumstances in the failure to communicate his absence during his recent hospitalization, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 29, 2024. AFP


"It's over 25,000," Austin told lawmakers when asked during a House Armed Services Committee hearing for the figure on women and children killed.

The United States has backed Israel since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza on 7 October, which has left more than 30,000 Palestinians dead.

The number provided by Austin is within the same range and comes as Washington pushes for a ceasefire and a reduction in civilian casualties in Gaza.

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