US House votes to ban State Department from acknowledging Gaza death toll

Source: The Hill

“The House passed an amendment Thursday barring the State Department from citing the Gaza Health Ministry’s death toll statistics for the Israel-Hamas war, effectively halting discussion of the war’s deaths if it is signed into law. A bipartisan group of lawmakers voted 269-144 to pass the amendment to the State Department’s annual appropriations bill. A group of 62 Democrats joined all but two Republicans in voting for the measure. … The Gaza Health Ministry has been cited by the State Department and news agencies for decades amid conflict in Gaza. It’s daily death toll during the current conflict that began in October has served as a primary source for understanding the war’s impact on Palestinians in the territory. It is the only official entity tracking death data in Gaza, with its figures regularly being cited by both U.S. and Israeli officials.” (06/27/24)