Another shameful milestone in Gaza as 100,000 people killed or wounded

The massacre in Gaza has passed another shameful milestone, with more than 100,000 Palestinians now killed or wounded since 7 October 1 – as civilians are attacked at a faster rate than during any conflict this century, in full view of the international community.

Ongoing Israeli attacks together with starvation and disease outbreaks mean this deadly toll could quadruple in the coming months unless there is an immediate ceasefire and a massive increase in humanitarian aid. Yet since last month there has been a 50% reduction in aid getting into Gaza.  

Many of those wounded have suffered injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives, such as loss of legs or arms or severe trauma. Thousands of children have become orphans and over 1 million children now need mental health support.  

The death toll from Israel’s bombardment continues to mount every day, but there are growing fears that it will be dwarfed by deaths from hunger and disease. One new report by leading academics warns of up to 85,750 excess deaths in Gaza in the next 6 months unless a ceasefire is agreed2. There are growing fears of famine, with 1 in 10 young children across the territory malnourished.  

The humanitarian crisis is getting worse and Islamic Relief’s team and partners in Gaza continue to deliver food and other vital aid – but every day it is becoming more difficult and dangerous. The number of aid trucks able to enter Gaza through Rafah or Kerem Shalom / Karem Abu Salem has once again reduced to a tiny trickle over the past couple of weeks, and aid convoys have been attacked. Hundreds of health workers, humanitarian workers and UN staff are among those killed and wounded.  

As this tragic milestone is passed, Islamic Relief continues to call on world leaders to demand an immediate ceasefire and an end to Israel’s siege. Every further delay costs more lives.  


  • 1 As of 27 February, 29,878 Palestinians are reported killed and 70,215 injured. Figures for those killed and wounded are taken from latest updates from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
  • 2 A report by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health