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Two-in-three killed in Israeli war on Gaza are women, kids

Two-in-three killed in Israel's war on Gaza are women and children: officials
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Day 10: Over 2,800 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip under heavy Israeli bombardment. Gaza's residents have continued to move south of the strip as an Israeli ground invasion into the enclave looms.

The death toll from Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to 2,808, Gaza's health ministry said Monday, as officials said 64 percent of these casualties were women and children.

Around 11,000 people have also been injured as Israel continued its withering air campaign on the Palestinian coastal enclave, the ministry added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Monday denied reports of a ceasefire in Gaza that would enable aid to enter and foreigners to flee to Egypt, 10 days into the war with Hamas.

Gaza has been without food, water and other essential supplies for a week.

"There is currently no ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Gaza in return for removing foreigners," a statement from Netanyahu's office said.

More than one million people have fled their homes in northern Gaza as Israel masses troops in preparation for a ground invasion of the besieged enclave.

The onslaught on Gaza is the most deadly ever carried out by Israel on the enclave, which remains sealed off to the rest of the world.

The war on Gaza erupted on 7 October, when Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, carried out a surprise air, ground and sea incursion into Israel, killing up to 1,400 people and taking around 200 captives to swap with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody.