Palestinian death toll surpasses 26,000, Hamas-run health ministry says

At least 26,083 people have killed and 64,000 injured by Israeli attacks in Gaza since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, the Hamas-run Gaza Ministry of Health said Friday.

The ministry, which does not distinguish between civilians and combatants, said at least 183 people had died and 377 were injured in the last 24 hours.

The ministry said “a number of victims” remain under rubble, claiming Israeli forces have obstructed ambulances and civil defense crews from reaching them.

The ministry draws its statistics from medical sources in Gaza. CNN cannot independently confirm the figures due to the difficulty of reporting from the war zone.

Earlier this month, the Israel Defense Forces claimed that around 9,000 Hamas fighters had been killed in Gaza since the October Hamas attack.