37 killed in Israeli attack on UN school in Gaza, US demands transparency

37 killed in Israeli attack on UN school in Gaza, US demands transparency

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A soldier was killed in Gaza on Thursday, the army said, bringing the death toll to 295 since the ground offensive in the Palestinian territory began on October 27.

The war, which began with a Hamas attack on October 7, has resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people, most of them civilians, according to an AFP count based on Israeli official figures.

The militants also took 251 hostages, 120 of whom remain in Gaza, 41 of whom the military says are dead.

Israel's retaliatory military offensive has killed at least 36,654 people in Gaza, the vast majority of them civilians, according to the Hamas-run territory's health ministry.

Israel faces growing diplomatic isolation, with international courts accusing it of war crimes and several European countries recognising the Palestinian state.

Spain, which sparked Israeli anger by formally recognising a Palestinian state last week, said on Thursday it would become the latest country to join South Africa's case at the International Court of Justice accusing Israel of “genocide” against Palestinians in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted an invitation from lawmakers in the United States, his key ally and military backer, to address Congress on July 24, a congressional source told AFP.

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