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Untangling the UN’s Gaza Fatality Data

A major shift in the death toll for women and children points to deeper problems in the way OCHA is relaying data and handling questionable sources.

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The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently faced scrutiny for its handling of Gaza death toll data, notably discrepancies in reported figures. OCHA relies on data from the Hamas-run Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Government Media Office (GMO) but does not verify it independently. Changes in reporting methodologies and terminology by the MOH led to inconsistencies in the data relayed by OCHA, raising concerns about accuracy and transparency. Recommendations include clearer attribution of data sources and a consistent approach to reporting to enhance transparency and reliability.

Read full report at The Washington Institute


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