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The Daily BeastFeb 29, 2024
Pentagon Backpedals on Defense Sec's Gaza Death Count
AFP via Getty ImagesThe Pentagon has quickly walked back an assertion Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made before the House Armed Services Committee that "over 25,000" women and children have been killed in Israel's brutal military campaign in Gaza.

In a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson clarified that the figure Austin offered was based on unconfirmed figures from the Gaza Health Ministry and included all deaths.

"We cannot independently verify these Gaza casualty figures," spokesperson Sabrina Singh said.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Democracy NowFeb 29, 2024
Israel Kills 104 Palestinians Waiting for Food Aid as U.N. Expert Accuses Israel of Starving Gaza
In Gaza City, at least 104 Palestinian refugees were killed Thursday when Israeli troops opened fire on a crowd waiting for food aid. "This isn't the first time people have been shot at by Israeli forces while people have been trying to access food," says the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the right to food, Michael Fakhri, who accuses Israel of the war crime of intentional starvation. This comes as reports grow of Palestinians resorting to animal feed and cactus leaves for sustenance and as experts warn of imminent agricultural collapse. "Every single person in Gaza is hungry," says Fakhri, who emphasizes that famine in the modern context is a human-made catastrophe. "At this point I'm running out of words to be able to describe the horror of what's happening and how vile the actions have been by Israel against the Palestinian civilians."

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