Palestinian Authority

    The UN started assessing the devastating damage and relief needs in the Gaza Strip on the first full day of a truce in fighting between Israel and Hamas, with the overall bill possibly reaching billions of dollars, amid a feeling of "overwhelming grief" among the 1.5 million inhabitants there, senior officials said Jan. 19. According to Palestinian figures that the UN has called credible, the casualty toll from the thee week offensive, now stands at 1,340 dead, 460 of the children and 106 women, and 5,320 wounded, 1,855 of them children and 795 women, with a large proportion of the injuries severe. (UN News Service)

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