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 20 January 2009
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Palestinian casualties in Gaza exceed 1,300: Holmes

The UN’s head of humanitarian affairs, John Holmes, says work has started in Gaza on marking and removing unexploded ordnance, removing the rubble and starting to repair the infrastructure.

In the two days since the ceasefire took hold in Gaza, he says an additional one hundred and fourteen bodies have been recovered from underneath the rubble.

John Holmes

John Holmes

"So the latest figures for casualties are: Palestinian deaths -- 1,314 of whom 412 were children and a hundred were women, and then injured 5,300 -- 1,855 of whom were children and 795 were women."

On the Israeli side, Mr. Holmes said the casualties figures were unchanged. Nine UN staff and contracted workers were killed and 11 were injured.

Reporting for UN Radio, I'm Bissera Kostova.

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