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WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Thursday that Israel had killed more than 25,000 Palestinian women and children since October, but the Pentagon later clarified he was citing the overall toll from Gaza’s health ministry.

“It’s over 25,000,” Austin responded when asked during a House Armed Services Committee hearing for the figure on women and children killed.

UN chief says Gaza killing could require independent investigation

The United States has provided extensive backing for its ally, but Washington has recently been pushing for a ceasefire in Gaza and a reduction in civilian casualties.

Following Austin’s remarks, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said the secretary had been “citing an estimate from the Hamas-controlled health ministry that more than 25,000 total Palestinians have been killed in Gaza.”

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“We cannot independently verify these Gaza casualty figures,” she added.

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The health ministry put the toll at more than 25,000 killed in Gaza on January 21 – over a month ago – and said Thursday that more than 30,000 people have been left dead by the nearly five-month conflict in the coastal territory.

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Pakistani1 Mar 01, 2024 05:18pm
Anyone in USA feeling any remorse because it is their aid which has helped in killing innocent people!
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KU Mar 01, 2024 05:51pm
And the US let it happen, everyone will remember the human right's world champions as prejudiced, complicit and for geo-politic self-interest.
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Az_Iz Mar 01, 2024 08:22pm
You provide cover for Israeli actions.Then appear to, care for the loss of Palestinian lives.But also cast doubts on the number of victims,by saying,they are just referring to figures given by others.
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