What we know about the death toll in Israel from Hamas-led attacks | ET REALITY


Israel revised its official estimated death toll from the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks, reducing the figure to about 1,200 people, down from the more than 1,400 initially cited, a spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry said late Friday. .

Spokesman Lior Haiat said the original figure was an “initial estimate” that had now been updated. He declined to provide further details about the change, but stressed that the numbers could continue to fluctuate as the remains of those killed are identified.

For Israelis and Palestinians alike, the death toll in the month-long war between Israel and Hamas has become emotionally charged figures. The tolls have become symbols of the depth of agony affecting both peoples, and partisans on both sides have tried to downplay the death toll on the opposing side.

Here’s what we know about the death toll in Israel from the October 7 attack.

On October 7, dozens of Hamas gunmen stormed Israeli cities and military bases near the Gaza border, opening fire on people in their homes, in the streets and at a music festival. The attackers shot dead elderly people, women and small children, according to survivors; others were burned after attackers set fire to their homes.

The vast majority of those killed in the October 7 attack (around 70 percent) have been identified by Israeli authorities as civilians, not soldiers. According to Israeli police, health officials have identified at least 846 civilians killed in the fighting.

At least 278 soldiers were killed in battles inside Israel, according to the Israeli army website, and at least 44 police officers were killed in the fighting, the Israel Police said in mid-October. (In addition, at least 46 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the ground invasion of Gaza began at the end of the month.)

Among those killed in Israel on October 7 were also foreigners and people with dual nationality. At least 31 American citizens and 39 French citizens were killed during the attacks, authorities in both countries said. Other victims included at least 34 Thai citizens; Asian workers were a common sight on farms near Israel’s border with Gaza.

The death toll originally estimated from the attacks in Israel was subject to less scrutiny than the death toll compiled by Hamas-controlled authorities in the Gaza Strip, where thousands have died in weeks of intense Israeli bombing and a ground invasion. .

Some media outlets, including The New York Times, occasionally used those Israeli figures. without attributing them to Israeli officials or noting that they were an initial estimate and were subject to change.

One reason for the fluctuating death toll is that Israeli health officials say they have had difficulty identifying many Israelis and foreigners killed in the attacks, and excluded from the official toll the remains of those they considered to have been attackers. highlighting the complicated task of giving an accurate and authoritative count.

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