Israel has intensified its ground assault into the Gaza Strip's southern half, advancing towards Khan Younis, particularly near hospitals, Al Jazeera reported.
According to the most recent fatality estimates as of December 9, 11:40 a.m. local time (08:40 GMT), 17,760 Palestinians, including at least 7,792 children, have been martyred in Gaza and the West Bank.
According to Al Jazeera, at least 49,845 Palestinians have been injured.
Meanwhile, according to Al Jazeera, quoting the Israeli army, 1,147 people have been killed and 8,730 have been injured in Israel since October 7.
Officials updated the death toll from 1,405 to "around 1,200" on November 10.
With almost 17,000 Palestinians killed, Israel has hinted at a lengthy onslaught in Gaza, causing death and damage in the beleaguered territory.
Tzachi Hanegbi, the chairman of Israel's National Security Council, has stated that the conflict in Gaza "will last for months, if not longer," according to Al Jazeera, citing N12 news.
Hanegbi warned of military action by Israeli troops if Hezbollah refuses to evacuate its soldiers from Lebanon's southern border with Israel, "even though we have provided no particular deadline for Israel's attack in Gaza."
The words by an Israeli official came as the United Nations (UN) and numerous other humanitarian groups have called for an urgent ceasefire in Gaza due to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the embattled enclave.