Skip to main content

The heavy toll of Israel-Hamas war, by the numbers

A look at the destruction wrought by more than a week of fighting between Hamas and Israel.
Palestinians sit in a tent that has been set up on top of the ruins of a building destroyed in recent Israeli airstrikes, in Gaza City, on May 24, 2021. A cease-fire was reached late last week after 11 days of deadly violence between Israel and the Hamas movement, which runs Gaza.

Although an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hamas halted the latest round of bloodshed, aid organizations say the region's humanitarian crisis has only just begun. Residents in Gaza are still experiencing shortages of clean drinking water and medicine, and families are slowly returning to find their homes reduced to rubble. As the United Nations appeals for outside aid, here’s a look at the conflict’s aftermath.

242: The number of Palestinians, including 66 children and 38 women (four of them pregnant), who were killed during the 11-day conflict, the United Nations says. According to the UN’s human rights office, OCHA, civilians accounted for at least 129 of those killed. Israel, on the other hand, says at least 225 of the dead were militants, many of them senior Hamas commanders.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.