Child dies, bringing Israel's Gaza war toll to 2,148
It was the highest military death toll for Israel since the 2006 war in Lebanon, in which 119 Israeli soldiers were killed.

A Palestinian child on Monday died of wounds sustained during Israel's recently-ended military onslaught on the Gaza Strip, bringing to 2,148 the total number of Palestinians killed during the 51-day operation, a Palestinian health official has said.

"Ziyad al-Reefi, 9, died Monday, succumbing to injuries sustained during Israel's war," Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.

The Israeli offensive, which began on July 7 with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from Gaza, finally ended last week with the announcement of an indefinite cease-fire agreement.

Along with the high death toll, comprised of mostly civilians, the operation also left 11,000 Palestinians injured – many seriously – while partially or completely destroying thousands of buildings across the coastal enclave.

Over the course of the hostilities, at least 72 Israelis – 67 soldiers and five civilians – were killed, according to Israeli figures.

It was the highest military death toll for Israel since the 2006 war in Lebanon, in which 119 Israeli soldiers were killed.

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