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Death toll from Israeli hostage rescue adds to legal scrutiny of Gaza war

JERUSALEM - The human toll from Israel's hostage rescue on Saturday has renewed questions about whether the country is doing enough to protect civilians in its war against Hamas in Gaza.

The daytime raid in the Nuseirat refugee camp freed four Israeli hostages and killed at least 274 Palestinians, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, and injured hundreds more.

It was not clear how many of the dead were combatants, or how many were killed by Israeli fire, but they included "many" women and children, the Health Ministry said, as well as civilians recently displaced by Israel's military offensive in the southern city of Rafah.


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