Israel death toll over 1,200, Hamas claims 100 in captivity, including foreign citizens

Israel has been going through the affected areas searching for bodies.

Published: October 11, 2023 7:39am

Updated: October 11, 2023 8:52am

Israel's death toll hit more than 1,200 people Wednesday, while Hamas claims to have more than 100 people captive.

Among those captured or killed in the attacks that began Saturday are numerous foreign citizens.

An Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson confirmed the 1,200 people, after Hamas infiltrated Israel from Gaza early Saturday morning and slaughtered citizens including women, children and the elderly – marking the worst day for Jewish deaths since the Holocaust.

Israel has been going through the affected areas searching for bodies, many of which were desecrated. In addition to deceased civilians, In addition the the dead, searchers have discovered about 1,000 bodies of terrorists, while hundreds more are still expected to be found, the military said, according to Israel Channel 7 News. Additionally, 3,007 people were injured in Israel. 

President Joe Biden on Tuesday confirmed that at least 14 U.S. citizens were killed, and State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said about 20 Americans remain missing.

In addition to U.S. citizens, 17 U.K. citizens, including children, are reportedly dead or missing after the attack, according to the BBC. Other missing and dead include citizens of Thailand, Nepal, France, Argentina, Russia, Canada and Germany.

Meanwhile, sirens for rockets have been sounding across Israel while the IDF responds to Gaza with targeted attacks. The Israeli military has been directing Gazan residents to leave areas where Hamas is believed to be operating.

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