Parents Write Children’s Names On Legs To ID Their Bodies

As the death toll in Gaza climbed to 4,741 on Sunday, some Palestinian parents reportedly took the agonizing step of writing their children’s names on their legs so the children can be quickly ID’d if murdered.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health, which Hamas runs, reported on Sunday that more than 265 people were murdered in Gaza within the past 24 hours alone, including 117 children.

More than 1,400 Israelis were killed in a concerted Hamas terror strike on October 7, prompting Israel to launch a barrage of air raids on the heavily populated contested territory, the ministry stated.

The names of four children, including a toddler, were inscribed in Arabic script on the calves of bodies brought to the full morgue at Al Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in downtown Gaza after they were killed in midnight airstrikes.

Officials in Gaza’s health sector have also voiced concern that the conflict has made it more difficult for residents to get medical facilities.

As a result of electricity and fuel shortages caused by an Israeli blockade, the main hospital in the territory, Al-Shifa, announced on Sunday that it had been forced to reduce dialysis sessions for hundreds of kidney patients.

Although on Saturday, for the first time since the fighting broke out, humanitarian aid was permitted into the zone, a 20-truck convoy carried in medical supplies and some food into the 28-mile-long territory via Egypt.

Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets have displaced an estimated 1.4 million people, or 60% of Gaza’s population, according to a Friday estimate by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The health ministry in Gaza reported that 15,898 people were injured during the attacks.

Despite Israel’s constant bombing of Gaza, it appears that Israel rarely uses air power there. A further front in the two-week-old battle could have been opened by the recent outbreak of violence in the West Bank—the Israeli-occupied and partially Palestinian Authority-administered territory.

Israel claims to have captured over 700 people in the West Bank since the outbreak of war, including 480 members of Hamas.