Gaza’s government media office has announced that the total number of Palestinian deaths in the enclave has exceeded 12,000 since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict on October 7.Ismail al-Thawabta, the Director General of the media office, said on Friday at a press conference that among the dead were 5,000 children and 3,300 women, adding that more than 30,000 people were seriously injured.

Al-Thawabta added that the number of missing persons had surpassed 3,750, including 1,800 children, still under the rubble of buildings destroyed in Israeli attacks, Xinhua news agency reported.