Saturday, July 26

Over 1000 bodies have been recovered so far from the Israeli Operation Genocide

Gaza death toll surpasses 1,000 as bodies recovered

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian death toll in the Gaza 

Strip rose to over 1,000 on Saturday amid a brief truce, as 

some 135 bodies were pulled from the rubble of buildings 

destroyed by Israeli attacks throughout the besieged coastal 

enclave, medics said.

The bodies were found on the 19th day of Israel's assault 

on Gaza, during a 12-hour truce in which many Gaza 

residents picked through the ruins of their homes.

Meanwhile, Israeli TV said that Israel's security cabinet had 

approved a four-hour extension of the truce, prolonging the 

ceasefire until midnight. 

As the brief period of calm took effect Saturday, survivors 

began to venture out of their homes to survey what was 

left, while those who had fled cautiously returned to see 

what had become of their abandoned houses.

The updated death toll was announced as Israeli officials 

considered extending the truce even longer, on the 

condition that the army continue targeting tunnels in Gaza, 

Israeli media said.

News site Ynet quoted a government source as saying an 

Israeli cabinet meeting was scheduled to take place at 9:30 

pm to discuss the possibility.

It was initially unclear whether Hamas and other factions in 

Gaza would agree to extend the truce.

So far, Palestinian medical teams have used the ceasefire 

as an opportunity to recover dead bodies still buried under 

destroyed buildings.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Palestinian health 

ministry, said in a statement at 7:00 p.m. that 132 bodies 

had been recovered so far.

Many of the bodies were pulled from Gaza City's Shujaiyya 

neighborhood, which has experienced some of the heaviest 

Israeli shelling and airstrikes throughout the Gaza offensive. 

At least 70 people were killed in the neighborhood in one 

night of shelling last Sunday, a bombardment Palestinians 

have come to call "the Shujaiyya massacre."

Khuzaa in Khan Younis has been heavily targeted as well, 

but Israeli forces have refused to allow ambulances and 

search teams to access the village.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma'an that Palestinians in 

the Khan Younis area had been told to leave their homes 

days ago and told not to return during the ceasefire, and 

that therefore rescue teams were "not allowed to search" in 

parts of the southern Gaza Strip.

Palestinians stand on Israeli military equipment left behind
during the ground offensive, east of Khan Yunis in the southern
Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014 (AFP Said Khatib)

More Israeli soldiers announced dead

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said in a statement that the 

number of soldiers killed during Israel's ground invasion of 

Gaza had risen to 40.

"Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 40 IDF 

(army) officers and soldiers have been killed," the 

statement said. 

The militant wing of the Popular Resistance Committees had 

announced earlier that their fighters had killed a soldier 

earlier in the day.

Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades announced Friday that its 

militants had killed "at least" 10 soldiers with explosives in 

eastern Beit Hanoun.

Palestinian militant groups have claimed that the Israeli 

army has yet to announce the deaths of a handful of its 


Even taking the army's numbers at face value, the amount 

of soldiers killed during Israel's current Gaza offensive is the 

largest military loss the country has faced since its war with 

Lebanon in 2006.

AFP contributed to this report.

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