As the four-day humanitarian pause agreed between Israel and Hamas is set to begin on Friday, the death toll in the Gaza Strip has increased to more than 14,800, according to the Government Media Office (GMO) in the enclave.

In its latest update, the Hamas-controlled GMO said the dead included about 6,000 children and 4,000 women.

This Office has assumed the Palestinian Ministry of Health’s role following the collapse of services and communications at hospitals in north Gaza.